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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.

Bereavement Support Group 
The group meets the last Thursday of every month.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Are you grieving the loss of a son or daughter? This support group is an opportunity for grieving parents to become part of a caring community, a place to safely share their feelings with others who will understand. The group will provide resources and coping skills for grieving parents to help them as they journey through life without their son or daughter. To sign up, please contact Sherlock Brown by email or at 713-791-1414, extension 24265.

Cancer Support Group 
The group meets the third Tuesday of every month,
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cancer Center Conference Room, 4C-345.
Participants can participate in person or via phone. To participate via phone, please contact a facilitator for instructions and to RSVP. For more information, please contact the Group Facilitator Maria Lozano-Vasquez, LMSW, OSW-C, at 713-791-1414, extension 25273. 

Cardiac ICD Support Group
This group meets the third Friday of every month.
2:00 p.m., Cardiology Department Patient Education Room (3rd Floor West)
For more information, please contact the Group Facilitators Jean Uy, RN, at 713-794-7363 or Regina Bell, RN, at 713-791-1414, extension 22305.

Caregiver Support Group
Groups are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Fisher House II located on the MEDVAMC campus
Also at the following VA Outpatient Clinics: Beaumont, Conroe, Galveston, Lake Jackson, Texas City, and Tomball.
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. Parking is available at Fisher House II on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, please contact the local Caregiver Support Program Coordinators LaShanta Dorsey-Lee, RN, MSN at 713-791-1414, extension 23319 or Lakeshia Hasten, LCSW at 713-791-1414, extension 24569. For more information about the Caregiver Support Program, visit https://www.caregiver.va.gov/.

Caregiver Support Group: Alzheimer's Disease/Dementia
This group meets the second and fourth Thursday of every month.
1:00 p.m., Nursing Unit 2D, Room 2C-250.
This group is for family and caregivers of Veterans in the early or late stage of Alzheimer’s disease/other dementias who reside in the Community Living Center or community.  For more information, contact Jessica Calleo, PhD., at 713-791-1414, extension 26311.

Lung Cancer Support Group 
This group meets on the first Tuesday of each month.
4:00 p.m., Building 121, Room 122.
Participants can participate in person or via phone.  For more information, to RSVP, or for instructions on how to participate via phone, please contact the Group Facilitator Maria Lozano-Vasquez, LMSW, OSW-C, at 713-791-1414, extension 25273.

MOVE! Weight Management Support Group
The group meets the first Thursday of each month.
9:00 a.m., Prime Care Clinic 5.
For more information, please contact the Group facilitator Jordyn Forsyth at 713-791-1414, extensions 26166 or 24295.

Multiple Sclerosis Support Group 
This group meets the second Thursday of each month.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., Nursing Unit 2A Dayroom, Room 2B-210.
For more information, please contact the Group Facilitators Angelica Rivera, PT, Rosa Lane-Smith, LCSW, or Rose Galicia, LCSW at 713-791-1414 extensions 24034 or 27951.   

Parkinson's Disease Education/Support Group (PADRECC)
This group meets the first Thursday of each month.
12:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m., 2A Dining Room (2B-210). 
For more information, including the top schedule, please contact the Group Facilitator Karen Stonecypher, RN, MSN at (713) 794-7841.
 
Prostate Cancer Support Group
This group meets the third Thursday of each month.
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Cancer Center Conference Room 4C-345.
Participants can participate in person or via phone. For more information, to RSVP, or for instructions on how to participate via phone, please contact the Group Facilitator Maria Lozano-Vasquez, LMSW, OSW-C, at 713-791-1414, extension 25273.  

Stroke Support Group
This group meets on the third Tuesday of each month.
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Nursing Unit 2A Dining Room. 
For more information, please contact the Group Facilitators Kathryn Kertz, OTR at 713-791-1414, extension 24192 or Laura Lawhon, RKT at 713-794-7816.

Transplant Support Group
The group meets every Tuesday.
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Transplant/Dialysis Conference Room, check-in at 3B-317.
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! For more information, please contact the Group facilitator, Juleena Masters, LCSW, at (713) 791-1414, extension 26286.

Veteran’s Amputee Support Team (VAST)
This group meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month.
3:00 p.m., Nursing Unit 2A Dining Room, 2B-210.
For more information, please contact the Group Facilitators Stacy Flynn, PT at 713-794-7819 or Rosa Lane-Smith, LCSW, at 713-791-1414, extension 24034.

Vet to Vet Support and Education Group
This peer education and support group meets every Wednesday and Thursday.
Wednesday: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Room 6B-118.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Room 6B-117.
Thursday: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Room 6C-167.  
For more information, please contact Dr. Charlie Nguyen at 713-791-1414, extension 24565.