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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Veterans Town HallVeterans Town Hall
The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is hosting a town hall meeting in Houston, Texas on June 22, 2016 for Veterans and family members to share ideas and experiences, and meet other Veterans and VA leaders.
VA Locomotive Newsletter: Summer 2016VA Locomotive Newsletter: Summer 2016
The Summer 2016 edition of the VA Locomotive quarterly Veteran newsletter is available. This newsletter is filled with helpful and enlightening information for our Veterans and their families.
Veteran Justin Wilson using the kiosks to check-in.Check-in Kiosks Increase Convenience
Veterans at the Houston VA Medical Center and all nine of the Houston-area Community Based Outpatient Clinics can now use new technology to check-in for scheduled appointments and manage their personal information.
Memorial Day Service at Houston VA National CemeteryHouston VA National Cemetery Memorial Day Service
Memorial Day Service at the Houston National Cemetery, honoring deceased United States servicemen and women, is free and open to the public on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
VA2K Walk and RollVA2K Walk and Roll
The Houston VA will host a 2K “walk and roll” event May 18, 2016 at the Medical Center. The VA2K is to encourage employees and Veterans, at all levels of fitness, to join in a fun, short walk.
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.

From the Veterans Health Administration

Image of a Monarch butterfly on a flowerButterflies Symbolize Hope for Paralyzed Veterans
In early May about 30 patients and staff gathered on the front patio of the Milwaukee Veteran Affairs Spinal Cord Injury building to witness a special ceremony: the release of hundreds of butterflies.
Male Veteran walking down a rural road surrounded by treesPTSD Help with Cognitive Processing Therapy
After 17 months in Iraq he came home and felt he was drifting through life. After he was diagnosed with PTSD, he entered a VA treatment program called Cognitive Processing Therapy. It worked for him.
Two VA Doctors with their VA Patient after surgery Veteran has Tongue Cancer Surgery Home in 3 Days
Warren, an Army Veteran, had surgery for a cancerous tongue tumor. He spent only three days in the hospital. Read how VA surgeons solve complex problems with minimally invasive procedures.
 Image of a male volunteer handing out clothes to a male Veteran. I was addicted and homeless. The VA took me in.
Vietnam Veteran Mike Doherty was homeless and addicted to pain killers and alcohol. He had hit bottom with no place to turn. But then a good friend drove him to the Pittsburgh VA.
World MS Day, 25 May 2016 - LogoYou get to choose how you will handle MS.
Read the inspirational words of an Air Force Veteran who eloquently describes how he lives every day with Multiple Sclerosis. His courage and resolve serve as a valuable example to us all.
Fictional image of neurons of light firing in the brainA Smart Home for Veterans with Brain Injuries
Among the many remarkable advances being studied by VA researchers is a “smart home” for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Technology tracks the Veterans and helps them relearn basic skills.
Two male Veterans sitting with female VA employee looking at a paper flyer GeriPACTs Specialized Care for Older Veterans
VA is ready to care for older Veterans. By 2017, almost 10 million of our 21 million Veterans will be over 65. Here's some information about VA's Geriatric Patient Aligned Care Teams.
Image of an older woman and a younger woman sitting together at a table.Women Vets and Violence
A year ago, the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program was launched at the Beckley VA Medical Center in West Virginia. The state ranks 13th in domestic homicides and suicides.
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.
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. VAs Volunteers have been doing this for 70 years. This week we salute and thank them for their dedication.

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