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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Director Announces Retirement PlansHouston VA Director Announces Retirement Plans
Adam C. Walmus has announced his retirement as Director of the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston after more than 38 years of federal service. Walmus was appointed Director in August of 2009.
Third Fisher House Coming to Houston VAThird Fisher House Coming to Houston VA
Veterans and visitors to the Houston VA will soon see a beautiful new home being constructed near the main Holcombe entrance to the campus. The Fisher Foundation recently announced plans to build a third Fisher House.
Houston VA Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index 2016MEDVAMC Highlighted in Healthcare Equality Index
MEDVAMC has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation the educational arm of the country’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender civil rights organization.
Attention Vietnam Veteran Patients!Attention Vietnam Veteran Patients!
As part of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, we will be recognizing, honoring, and thanking our current Vietnam Veteran patients with a special weekly feature on social media.
Vietnam War 50th Anniversary CommemorationVietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration
The Houston VA will be hosting a Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration on March 29, 2016, at 11:00 a.m., to honor our patients and employees who are Veterans of the Vietnam War.
Veterans Town HallFebruary Veterans Town Hall
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is hosting a town hall meeting in Lufkin, Texas on February 24, 2016 for Veterans and family members to provide feedback on their VA experiences.
National Salute to Veteran Patients LogoNational Salute to Veteran Patients
Houston VA salutes our Veteran patients! Each year, for a week in February, Veterans Affairs VA Medical Centers across the country celebrate National Salute to Veteran Patients with a variety of activities and events.
Air Force and National Guard Veteran Marvin Weatherspoon in a NVGAG swimming competition in 2015.National Veterans Golden Age Games
We are accepting applications for the 2016 National Veterans Golden Age Games! This national multi-event sports and recreational seniors’ competition will be July 10-14, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan.
Veteran Rodney Blanton at the 2015 National Veterans Summer Sports ClinicNational Veterans Summer Sports Clinic
We are accepting applications for the 2016 National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic! The Summer Sports Clinic offers adventure sports and recreational activities and will be September 18-23, 2016 in San Diego, California.
Houston VA Psychologist Wins Prestigious Presidential Customer Service AwardVA Psychologist Wins Presidential Award
Dr. Justin Springer, the lead psychologist on the Houston VA inpatient mental health unit, was named the winner of the President’s Customer Service Award, and was recently presented the award in a White House ceremony.

From the Veterans Health Administration

A doctor visits a patient in his home and takes his hand. Sharing Advantages of VA Home Based Care
When a VA doctor read a letter in the paper that it was almost impossible for a primary care doctor to truly connect with patients and their families, he shares VA is able to do just that.
Black and white image of Veteran Patient standing with a implanted prosthetic, a close up of the legs and wheel chair.Surgical Implant Prosthesis for Veteran Amputees
Prosthesis devices for Veteran amputees took a giant step this year with the development of a prosthetic leg that is surgically implanted. A Veteran in the trial says, “I can feel the ground again.”
Veteran patient working with a member of Voluntary ServicesMarking 70 Years of Volunteers Serving Veterans
One of the most important things we give each other is our attention. VA’s Volunteers have been doing this for 70 years. This week we salute and thank them for their dedication.
A Veteran in a wheelchair poses next to an accessible ramp to his houseOccupational Therapists in Home Based Primary Care
As key team members in Home Based Primary Care, VA's Occupational Therapists make it possible for home-bound Veterans with complex health care needs to enjoy meaningful lives.
A man captures a pencil rubbing of a Servicemember's name engraved on the Vietnam WallVA Honors Vietnam Vets for Service and Sacrifice
VA is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the final withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam on March 29 with Vietnam Veterans Day. It is a long-overdue opportunity to honor and thank our Vietnam Veterans.
A Veteran being treated by his VA doctorVeterans with Epilepsy: You are not alone
Over 300,000 US soldiers have been diagnosed with Traumatic Brain Injury since 2000, many at risk for epilepsy. New VHA online videos show how Vets with epilepsy are able to live full, successful lives.
Image of female Airman tossing old uniforms into a firepit to be burnedWere you exposed to burn pits while deployed?
If you have experienced respiratory symptoms or health conditions that may be related to exposure to burn pits while deployed, you should register in the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry.
A Veteran with TBI working with a therapist on the computerImprovements in Brain Injury Data Collection
The Department of Veteran Affairs Traumatic Brain Injury Registry monitors Veterans who may have a traumatic brain injury in order to provide early medical intervention. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month.
VA Social Worker Maria Beltran speaking with a homeless VeteranHer Mission Rescuing Phoenix Homeless Veterans
Army Veteran Maria Beltran, one of six outreach coordinators at the Phoenix VA, spends her days trying to get homeless Veterans off the street and into a place they can call home.
Doctor peforming an eye exam on a male Veteran patientNational Access Stand Down
VA will not rest until we fix our system to better meet the health needs of those who need help the most. On February 27, VA will host “Stand Down #2: Road to MyAccess” at all VA Medical Centers.

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