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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.
Army Veteran Rick Weisbrod, 70, attempts to pass the leader at the Houston Marathon. The avid hand cyclist credits recreation therapy with saving his life.Rec Therapy Gives Vet New Lease on Life
February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month, a perfect time to celebrate recreation therapy and all it does to change Veterans’ lives. For Army Veteran Rick Weisbrod, 70, recreation therapy saved his life.
Army and Vietnam Veteran Oscar Broussard and his wife, Angeline. Oscar was recently named the Houston VAMC 2019 Volunteer of the Year.Houston VAMC 2019 Volunteer of the Year
Army and Vietnam Veteran Oscar Broussard recently was named Houston VA Medical Center’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year. He volunteers with the Homeless Program and on inpatient wards, distributing snacks to hungry Veterans.
Marriage and family therapists Laura Shely, Larry Bell Jr., Stacy McCarty, and Megan Langley.Marriage and Family Therapy Saves Relationships
Houston VA’s marriage and family therapists have skills to help Veterans struggling with substance use or mental illness improve communication with their spouses and, quite possibly, save relationships.
Army and WWII Veteran William H. Bailey, 93, spent three months as a prisoner of war. The memory still is fresh in his mind.WWII Veteran Spent 3 Months as a POW
Army Veteran William Bailey spent three months as a prisoner of war during WWII, and it still haunts him. He was captured in Trier, Germany, and was forced to march 365 miles over 58 days to the foothills of the Alps.
VA Locomotive: December 2019VA Locomotive: December 2019
The December 2019 edition of the VA Locomotive Veteran newsletter is available. This newsletter is filled with helpful and enlightening information for our Veterans and their families.
Marco Rodriguez, a Marine Corps Veteran, poses with his Veterans Court graduation plaque.Veterans Court Honors Recent Graduates
Houston VAMC recently celebrated its 10th year of Harris County Veterans Court by honoring the latest graduates. They faced felony charges and participated in Veterans Court, which does its best to eliminate jail time.
Lonnie Conerly, a Houston VA patient and employee, stands outside the place that helped him make a comeback from depression and addiction.From Depressed to Content, One Vet’s Journey
Army Veteran Lonnie Conerly had to overcome bipolar disorder, a crack cocaine addiction, and years of homelessness, and prison time to get back on his feet. May his journey be an inspiration to others.
Houston VA doctors are thrilled to be able to use this state-of-the-art technology to improve recovery time for Veterans with limited mobility who are often in a great deal of pain.Precise Robotic Knee Surgery Fast-Tracks Recovery
New robotic technology at the Houston VA is ensuring Veterans undergoing knee replacement surgeries experience less pain and recover faster. It creates a 3-D image of a patient’s anatomy for a personalized surgical plan.
Army Veteran Kim Pham, 30, receives chemotherapy for breast cancer at Houston VAMC.Houston VA’s Breast Imaging Saves Lives
In the two-plus years that the Houston VA’s Breast Imaging Center has been in operation, more than 14,000 breast exams have been performed and the Center has become a model of care across the nation’s VAs.

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