Support Groups - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Support Groups

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center offers a wide variety of support groups for both Veterans and family members. Talk with a social worker in your Prime Care Clinic for more information.

Cancer Support Groups
Surviving cancer can be physically and mentally challenging, but you are never alone. Come to a support group to share your story, hear others' experiences, and learn about your condition. Veteran-focused, confidential, and facilitated by cancer psychologist. Veterans and family members are welcome to drop in, no appointment is needed. Have a seat in the Cancer Center waiting room and you will be called back at 11 a.m.

  • Breast Cancer: Second Tuesday of every month, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Vets Helping Vets (all cancers and caregivers): Third Tuesday of every month, 11:00 a.m. - noon.
  • Living with Prostate Cancer: Fourth Tuesday of each month, 11:00 a.m. - noon.
RSVP or more information:  Contact your Cancer Specialist or Elizabeth Conti, PhD, at 713-791-1414, ext. 27987. 

Caregiver Support Group
This monthly support group is open to all Caregivers of Veterans. The group will provide information about various VA and community resources while providing Caregivers with a time to interact and ask questions. .

When: Fourth Wednesday of each month, 11:00 a.m. to noon
Where: Fisher House III (Parking is available at Fisher House III on a first come, first serve basis.)
VA Outpatient Clinics: Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Lake Jackson, Lufkin, Texas City, and Tomball.
POC: Caregiver Support Program Coordinators: Ronda Anderson, at 713-791-1414, ext. 24757.
More information: VA Caregiver Support Program

Epilepsy Support Group
Patients can learn skills to manage living with epilepsy and improve quality of life. It is also an opportunity to meet with Veterans with epilepsy.

When: Second Friday of every month.
Where: Room 2B-210.
POC: Melissa Fadipe at 713-794-8835. Patients need to contact the Epilepsy Nurse Practitioner to schedule an appointment for travel pay.

MOVE! Weight Management Groups
For more information about the following MOVE! Support Groups, please contact the Group facilitator Jordyn Forsyth at 713-791-1414, ext. 26166.

  • MOVE! 101 - Introduction/Enrollment into MOVE!: Second and fourth Thursday of each month. 9:00 a.m. Check in Clinic 2.
  • Weight Management Support Group: First and third Thursday of each month. 9:00 a.m., Prime Care Clinic 2. | Third Monday of each month. 1:00 p.m., Room 3C-115
  • Women’s Support Group: Third Thursday of each month. 10:00 a.m., Women’s Clinic

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group 

 Second Thursday of each month, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: Nursing Unit 2A Dayroom, Room 2B-210.
POC: Group Facilitators Angelica Rivera, PT, Rosa Lane-Smith, LCSW, or Rose Galicia, LCSW at 713-791-1414 ext. 24034 or 27951.   

Palliative Care Support Group: "Finding a Path Through the Wilderness"
For Veterans living with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses. Meet other patients, explore individual coping and grief processes, and gain knowledge and skills to help yourselves and each other. Each session will include a rotating topic with coping skills education, as well as time for open discussion and support.

 Every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: First floor, Building 108A. Available at select VA Community Based Outpatient Clinics.
POC: Register with Group Facilitator, Dr. L. Alexis Correll at 713-791-1414 ext. 26948.

Parkinson's Disease Education/Support Group (PADRECC)

Teleconference first Thursday of each month.
Where: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., 800-767-1750, code 39135#. 
POC: Group Facilitators Sally Samuel at 713-794-8410 or Olga Diverse at 713-794-7842 (schedule available)

Transgender, Gender Non-Conforming, and Gender Questioning Support Group: Bravely Becoming Real
A group for that offers a safe place for transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender questioning Veterans to discuss and explore topics related to identity, relationships, military and VA culture, coming out, stigma, sexuality, health, grief, stress, current events, and many more.

Every Friday, 1:00 p.m.
POC: If you are interested in participating or finding out more about the group, please contact Dr. Mallorie Carroll, 713-791-1414, extension 23981.

Transplant Support Group
Pre and post-transplant patients, transplant support persons, and friends and family are encouraged to attend. No appointment or advanced notice required. Walk-ins are welcome!

 Every Tuesday, 11:00 a.m. to noon.
Where: Transplant/Dialysis Conference Room, check-in at 3B-317. 
POC: Group facilitator, Midge Myhre, LCSW, at 713-791-1414, ext. 26286.

Veteran’s Amputee Support Team (VAST)
Friends and family are welcome to attend as well.

Last Wednesday of each month, 2:00 p.m.
Where: Conference Room 2A-311 
POC: Bismy Joseph, Amputation Rehabilitation Coordinator at 713-791-1414, extension 28054.


Contact Info



Contact Number(s)

  • 713-791-1414

Hours of Operation

  • Varies per support group.