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Houston Veterans can now Chat with Your VA Health Care Team!

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has a new tool for Houston Veterans to get immediate answers to their minor health care questions.


Flu Shot Drive-thru: Nov. 19

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is holding a flu shot drive-thru for all enrolled Veterans on Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Veteran receives a flu shot.

Houston VA expands Echocardiogram Imaging Services to Conroe Clinic

On Oct. 5, the Conroe VA Clinic began offering echocardiogram ultrasounds as part of a new pilot program. Previously, all echocardiograms have been conducted at the main Houston campus.

VA staff with an echocardiogram ultrasound machine

Creative Movement Workshop allows Houston Veterans to express themselves

This weekend, a special Veteran themed performance is coming to the Houston Performing Arts Center - the DIAVOLO Veterans Project.

Woman leads woman with eyes closed

A New Frontier in Interventional Radiology

A new tiny camera is helping doctors at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center remove gallstones and relieve ureteral obstructions – all without the need for surgery.

VA radiologists

Removing Cancer, Restoring Quality of Life

In March 2021, Marine Veteran Mark Newton was diagnosed with cancer in the back of his throat and referred to the Houston VA Head and Neck multidisciplinary team.

VA surgeons

As U.S. hits 1 million organ transplant milestone, Veteran is grateful for life-saving donation

On the same day that the U.S. reached the historic milestone of 1 million organ transplants on Sept. 9, Army Veteran Tyrone Murphy became the recipient of a new kidney at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

Veteran smiling

National Veteran Golden Age Games is a lifeline for Houston Veteran

In December 2004, Rena Dugat’s world came crashing down when her daughter Tina, a mother to four children, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

A woman and daughter and woman walking.

Houston VA Opens New Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic

A new clinic for the treatment of Veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) opened at the Houston VA this week.

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Houston VA employee donates kidney to coworker

In February 2020, Thomas Dawson, a BioMedical Equipment Support Specialist at the Houston VA, was diagnosed with kidney disease.

VA employees