Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Michael E. DeBakey Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

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New Interactive Campus Map: We now have new online interactive campus and floor maps. The interactive maps present the same clear information as on a printed map, but in an easy-to-use format that provides step-by-step directions to your destination. You can select the department or building you need, and a moving route marker leads you turn-by-turn to your destination. 

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     Printable Floor Maps    

Parking: All Veterans, visitors, or others with VA business may park in Lots I, J, N, R1, R2, and O. Parking at MEDVAMC is free for all Veterans, visitors, and staff. Parking on VA grounds is restricted to patients, their family members, and visitors. Individuals who are not authorized to park on MEDVAMC property are subject to be fined and/or towed at the owner’s expense. 

Valet Parking for Veterans: Valet parking is available free of charge to our Veterans with appointments. Valet parking at the main entrance operates Monday through Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., and is closed on federal holidays. Valet parking at the Spinal Cord Injury entrance, located on the Almeda side of campus, is for Veterans with assistive devices (wheelchairs, scooters, etc.) and is available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.  A “No Tipping” sign is posted at the entrances and this policy is strictly enforced.

Veterans using the valet parking service are greeted by a uniformed, valet-parking attendant when they pull up to the valet parking area at the main entrance. Veterans will be asked to present their VA I.D. card and/or their appointment letter to the attendant. The attendant will then ask the driver how long he or she expects to stay at the MEDVAMC. Next, the attendant gives the driver a claim check and parks the car in a parking space based on the length of stay, or directs the driver to a spot for self-parking. All attendant-parked vehicles are locked, and the keys are appropriately secured. All parking attendants are in uniform and hold a valid Texas driver’s license.

When customers return, they hand over their claim tickets and the valet parking attendant will deliver their vehicle to them. After 6:30 p.m., parking attendants turn over the keys of any vehicle still on the premises to the VA Police Service. Owners of these vehicles are able to pick up their keys at the VA Police Service substation located adjacent to the emergency room entrance.

Handicapped persons can be dropped off at the main entrance, and the attendant will park the car. Parking attendants will also assist Veterans by removing wheelchairs and carts from their automobiles.  Drivers with buses or large vans, who wish to park their own vehicles, are directed to a designated area by a parking attendant. Veteran service organization vans are able to drop off and pick up patients at the main entrance, and are directed to a designated area if they wish to park.

Veterans who are admitted should make arrangements for their vehicle to be removed from the property. The Department of Veterans Affairs cannot assume responsibility for the theft of or damage to any car on medical center property.

Handicap Parking: Handicap parking spaces are clearly marked by a standard sign indicating that they are reserved for those vehicles with either a VA handicap hangtag or the appropriate handicap placard or license plate assigned by the State of Texas.  If you have a handicap license plate or hand tag from the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, you are allowed to park in the spaces reserved for handicap persons here at the MEDVAMC.

Restrictions: Restricted parking areas include curbs painted with either yellow or red paint, and areas marked with signs prohibiting or limiting parking.  Blocking ambulance entrances, parking in fire zones, blocking emergency exits, and parking in front of fire hydrants are examples of serious violations.  Violators are subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.

Wheelchair Assistance and Escort Service: Veterans needing wheelchair assistance or escort services should go to the Main Entrance where staff assistance is available.

Parking Area Shuttle Service: A free shuttle service is available to and from parking areas. Two vans run continuously, Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Driving Directions

From the West
Take I-10 East towards Houston. Exit toI-45 South. Continue and exit TX 288 South.
Exit Holcombe Blvd. The Medical Center is located approximately 1 mile on the left.

From the East
Take I-10 West towards Houston. Exit I-59 South. Continue and exit TX 288 South.
Exit Holcombe Blvd. The Medical Center is located approximately 1 mile on the left.

From the North
Take I-45 South or I-59 South towards Houston. Continue and exit TX 288 South.
Exit Holcombe Blvd. The Medical Center is located approximately 1 mile on the left.

From the South
Take TX 288 North. Exit Yellowstone Blvd. Continue to Holcombe Blvd. and turn left.
The Medical Center is located approximately 1 mile on the left.

Public Transportation

The MEDVAMC is serviced by the Houston METRO with METROLift stopping at the main entrance and all other METRO buses stopping at the Old Spanish Trail (TCC/Nursing Home) entrance. Information about routes and schedules may be found at HOUSTON METRO* or by calling Metro at 713-635-4000.

The Houston METRO offers discount fares to persons with disabilities and senior citizens. These discounts are available for both local and commuter fixed-route buses, which are all wheelchair accessible. Riders age 62 through 69 may apply for the senior citizen discount. Riders age 70 and over may travel for free using the 70+ lifetime pass if eligible. METRO’s RideStores are located downtown at 1001 Travis and 1900 Main St., open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Call METROLine at 713-635-4000 for more information on discounts or METRO RideStores.

Veteran Transportation

Transportation to and from the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center from outlying areas is available by way of vans operated by various Veteran service organizations.  Call the telephone numbers listed below for availability, pick-up point, and schedule information.  It is a good idea to call the day before your appointment to arrange your ride.


  • Bay City Van, No Phone, Be at south side of court house, 5:45 am, Tuesday - Thursday
  • Beaumont Vans, (409) 981-8550, Beaumont Clinic, Main number
  • Brazoria County Van, (979) 864-1289, Voice Mail, leave message
  • Waller County, (979) 826-7733
  • Woodville/Tyler County Van, (409) 283-2493, Voice Mail available


  • American Red Cross, (713) 313-1631
  • Conroe Van, Tuesday, leaves VFW at 6:15 a.m.
  • El Campo Van, (979) 578-8387
  • Friendship Center Van, (936) 756-5828, To and from Conroe VA Outpatient Clinic. Sponsored by County Commissioner. Wheelchair accessible.
  • Harris County Precinct #2 Van, (713) 274-2340, Informational Recording, no voice mail
  • Harris County Social Services, (713) 696-1991, Appointment Desk
  • Local Montgomery County Transportation, 1-800-272-0039, Wheelchair accessible
  • Lufkin Bus, (936) 671-4363
  • Montgomery County Vans, (936) 756-5828, Voice Mail, leave message
  • Texas City/Galveston, (281) 523-2520, Connect Transit
  • Willis Van, (936) 856-5224
  • American Legion, no voice mail, 7:30 a.m. - midnight