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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Beaumont VA Clinic Reopens!Beaumont VA Clinic Now Open!
Tropical Storm Imelda forced Beaumont VA Clinic to see Veterans out of tents for eight and half months. Gone now is any trace of the tents in the parking lot. The Beaumont clinic is open for business.
Army Veteran Kenneth Smith, a resident in Houston VA’s Community Living Center, immerses himself in a virtual reality fishing game.Vets Dive into New World with VR
“Got one!” said Army Veteran Kenneth Smith. He just landed a zebra tuna from a tropical paradise while using Oculus Go, a virtual reality headset that Recreation Therapy uses to provide entertainment to inpatients.
Susan Bogard, RN, works with Veterans who want to quit tobacco during her smoking cessation classes at Houston VA.The Hazards of Vaping
Army Veteran Blake Annunziato, not yet 30 years old, recently thought he would require a lung transplant due to vaping-induced pneumonia. Now, he just hopes to one day regain 80 percent of his lung capacity.
Dr. Amy Cuellar, psychologist and Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center team leader, prepares to treat a Veteran from home using VA Video Connect during the COVID-19 pandemic.PRRC Uses Roles to Help Vets
In the past, Navy Veteran Donna Dittmann’s depression wouldn’t allow her to make eye contact with people. That all changed thanks to Houston VA’s Psychosocial Rehabilitation & Recovery Center.
Image of Aji Kurian preparing to depart.Houston PA Deploys to Fight COVID-19
Aji Kurian, a captain in the US Army Reserves & Houston VAMC physician assistant, deployed on April 4 to fight COVID-19 in Boston. What he found was a ghost town with empty streets and full hospital beds.
Nurses standing together at New Orleans VA Medical Center.Houston VA Nurses Lend a Hand to New Orleans
Last month, a group of seven critical care nurses from the Houston VA Medical Center packed up their lives, left their families and traveled to New Orleans to care for Veterans with COVID-19.
Image of Deborah Blackshire in uniform in front of Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.Houston VA PA to deploy to fight COVID-19
For Army reservist and Houston VAMC physician assistant Deborah Blackshire, life is a balancing act as she ramps up to deploy to a field hospital to help fight the Coronavirus.
GI Nurses on Front Line of COVID-19 FightGI Nurses on Front Line of COVID-19 Fight
Amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, nurses from the GI/Bronchoscopy Clinic at the Houston VAMC worked the front lines, screening Veterans, staff, and visitors at the facility entrances.
Carpenter Leandro Martinez and Dr. Silvia Orengo-Nania, Eye Care Line executive, demonstrate the distance between doctor and patient and the benefit of the new sneeze protectors that Facilities Management Service produced for the clinic.Solving Social Distancing During Eye Exams
Houston VA doctors can’t always adhere to social distancing guidelines, especially ophthalmologists who must be nice and close to exam a Veteran’s eyes. This led to a plexiglass solution.
Blind Army Veteran Frank De Leon works on his moves with Instructor Mark Melonson during a self-defense class for visually-impaired Veterans.Blind Vets Gain Confidence Through Martial Arts
Veterans are learning 1Touch Self-Defense at the Houston VA. Veterans began the classes in January, with the idea to make visually-impaired and wheelchair-bound Veterans less vulnerable.

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