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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.
Holiday Wreath-laying to Honor VeteransHoliday Wreath-laying to Honor Veterans
Houston National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation’s Veterans. The WAA-Houston and Veterans service organizations are coordinating the event.
Houston VA Medical Center Named as “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by National SurveyHouston VAMC “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality"
The Houston VAMC has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the country’s LGBT civil rights organization.
Veteran Town Hall Meeting - December 2015Veteran Town Hall Meeting - December 2015
The Houston VA Medical Center and the Houston Regional Benefits Office are co-hosting a town hall meeting for Veterans and family members to provide feedback on their VA experiences.
New Conroe VA Outpatient ClinicNew Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic
The Houston VA is proud to announce the opening of our new Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic on November 23rd. Opening the new, larger location is part of the VA’s plan to expand health care services for Veterans in the area.
Brandon Mitchell, a Marine Veteran, was the 19,000th patient to enroll in the program at the Houston VA.VA’s Million Veteran Program hits 400K Milestone
The VA’s Million Veteran Program has enrolled its 400,000th Veteran volunteer. The Houston VA has enrolled more Veterans in the program than any other VAMC, with more than 19,000 Veterans signing up to participate.
Houston VA Nurse Competes for Team USAHouston VA Nurse Competes for Team USA
Houston VA Nurse Edwin Lacson is an accomplished athlete who will be competing in the 2015 Duathlon World Championships in Adelaide, Australia in mid-October. Top athletes from around the world will be competing.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Make a Date During Heart Health MonthMake a Date During Heart Health Month
The number one killer of women is heart disease. Every February, Heart Health Month, VA reminds Veterans that early detection can make all the difference in a successful battle against heart disease.
Army Veteran Shaun CastleStrive, Live, Conquer in Salt Lake City
Army Veteran Shaun Castle has a message for wheelchair Veterans: Come to The Games this summer in Salt Lake City. It changed his life, it will change yours. Read his powerful remarks and sign up now.
Charlie Brown, a Marine and Korean War Veteran. Well-Being for Aging Veterans
VA has many ways to help keep you healthy, even if you can't fit into your old uniform. Find out here about Well-Being. It's about mental, physical and spiritual health for older Veterans.
VA nurse Mike Twigg uses a stethoscope to examine a Veteran patientIraq War Veteran Becomes VA Nurse
Mike Twigg was 38 years old when he decided to join the Army. It was 2007, and the war in Iraq was going full tilt. Sounds like a solid plan. Still, isn't 38 a bit old to be joining the Army?
A hiker on a snowy mountainFree, Confidential Courses to Launch Your New Year
Welcome to 2016! VA has developed a free, online, confidential tool kit to help you fight "brain overload," along with relaxation exercises, videos and stress management tools.
Happy New Year 2016!Top Ten VA Services List for Veterans in 2016
One thing we all hope for in a New Year is good health. For America's Veterans, that's our job. At our VA hospitals and Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, we are here to serve you.
Veteran Marion Ritchie and her Navy photo from World War II.98-Year-Old Veteran Planning Next Parasailing Trip
World War II Navy Veteran, 98, looks back on a century of Christmas celebrations and her recent adventures parasailing and motorcycle riding. Next on her list, computer classes.
Two men play chess in a restaurantVA 'Bridgers' Helping Sober Vets Stay That Way
At the Bedford VA in Massachusetts, peer support specialists known as 'Bridgers' are helping Veterans successfully reintegrate into their communities following rehab for drug or alcohol abuse.
A mom and dad with a son and daughter cooking and sampling food in a kitchenConnect with Your Children this Holiday Season
VA has free, confidential online courses to help Veteran parents connect with their children. Helpful anytime, but especially during the holidays which can bring a lot of stress. Totally!
An old wallet with photos sticking outVeteran, 93, Thankful for Wallet Lost 70 Years Ago
The Ramos family of California is very thankful that a kind and persistent man in Austria went to a lot of trouble to find their grandfather and return his wallet ... 70 years after he lost it.

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