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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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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.
FREE Flu Shots for Veterans!FREE Flu Shots for Veterans!
It's time to get your flu shot. Veterans enrolled in VA health care can get a free flu shot at the Houston VA and community-based outpatient clinics. We have several easy ways for Veterans to get vaccinated.
From War to Home: Through the Veteran's LensFrom War to Home: Through the Veteran's Lens
From War to Home: Through the Veteran's Lens is a moving exhibit of photos and narratives by Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan is now on display at the Houston VA on the first floor until January.
Houston VA Employee Veteran Uses Military Training to Save LivesVA Employee Veteran Saves Lives
When Houston VA Medical Center employee Shanita Campbell left for a few days of Air Force Reserve training duty in San Antonio last month she never dreamed she would end up saving lives before returning to work.
Best DoctorsBest Doctors
Sixty-one physicians at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston were recently selected for the 2015-2016 The Best Doctors in America® List. Only five percent of physicians in the U.S. earn this honor.
2016 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports ClinicNational Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic
The 2016 National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic is April 2-9, 2016 in Snowmass, Colorado. It promotes rehabilitation by instructing physically challenged Veterans in adaptive activities and sports.

From the Veterans Health Administration

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.
Happy HolidaysReligious Exercise and Expression in VA Facilities
VA appreciates religious groups and other organizations that wish to celebrate the holidays with our Veterans. Here are the guidelines to help you observe the season with our patients and residents.
Man in a wheelchair with a woman standing to his sideHonoring Family and Friends Who Care for Veterans
Respite care provides a break for a Veteran's regular caregiver, and VA offers professional respite care to caregivers. Eligible Veterans may be eligible to receive 30 days of respite care per year.
Major Anthony SmithOne Story of Millions Who Have Borne the Battle
From a body bag to a black belt. After being hit by a rocket-propelled grenade, Anthony Smith was presumed dead and placed in a body bag. Today, after 100 surgeries, he has a martial arts black belt.
A woman with a stethoscope reviews a paper with an older man holding a canePlanning for Getting Older: Is it Ever Too Early?
Over half of America's Veterans are over 65. It's estimated 70% of them will eventually need long term care. Have you and your family made any plans? Here's what one Veteran did ... and you can too.
Two men and two women chopping vegetables around a kitchen counterVA Gourmet - Teaching Vets How to Cook Healthy
At the Fargo VA in North Dakota, a team of dietitians is dedicated to teaching Veterans how to prepare quick, easy meals that are nutritious and healthy (and taste good too).
A tall, cylindrical machine stands in the center of a hospital room and emits blue light Milwaukee VA Medical Center Zaps Germs with Robots
Milwaukee VA Medical Center protects the health and safety of Veteran patients with new robots that kill numerous micro-organisms in about 15 minutes. It scrambles the DNA of bacteria.
Detail of a painting featuring military boots and high heelsCreative Arts Festival 2015
Over 100 Veterans are gathering in North Carolina this week for VA's national annual Creative Arts Festival. It's music, painting, dancing, sculpture ... and it's therapeutic.
A woman sits on a bed while readingHomeless Alabama Veteran Home at Last
Army Veteran April Rencher didn't plan on becoming homeless. But after watching her world fall apart, she's now building a new life for herself with a little help from her friends at the Tuscaloosa VA.
A woman in a lab coat shows a patient two computer monitors displaying mammogram imagesBreast Cancer: The Importance of Mammograms
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women, but early detection saves lives, which is why mammograms are so important. VA's 3D technology is improving cancer detection rates.

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