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Veterans keeping Veterans well fed

Every morning, before the sun has risen from the eastern skies over Houston, a team of Veteran cooks and food service workers are hard at work at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center prepping a morning meal.

Food service workers

Veteran paralyzed in Iraq finds purpose in racing

On Dec. 29, 2006, Army Specialist Dillon Cannon was patrolling Baqubah, Iraq with the 571st Military Police Company when his unit discovered a potential improvised explosive device (IED) at a check point.

Veteran participate in road racing.

Battling cancer, 10 year-old sworn in as honorary VA Police Chief

The Houston VA got a new honorary police chief today, as Devarjaye “DJ” Daniel, 10, was sworn in at a special ceremony outside the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

VA leaders present certificate to 10-year-old boy.

Increasing access to care - Houston VA begins new primary care virtual hub

To increase access to care for Veterans, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center has established a new primary care virtual hub that offers telehealth appointments to Veterans assigned to outpatient clinics that may be facing temporary or long term staffing challenges.

VA conducts a virtual appointment.

Taking the reins through equine-assisted therapy

Mankind and horses have carried on beneficial, strong relationships with one relying on the speed, endurance, and raw power while the other affection and care. For a US Marine Corps Veteran such as Kody Wall, this special bond saved his life.

people with horses

Veterans caring for Veterans at Houston VA

Houston VA physician Shari Rochen is very busy and that’s just how this Air Force Veteran likes it.

Houston VA physician Shari Rochen

Houston VA long COVID clinic offers help for Veterans

For many Veterans who have had COVID-19, symptoms can linger long after the initial infection. To help these Veterans, Houston VA has established a special clinic to treat post-COVID conditions, also known as “Long COVID.”

COVID-19 self-test

Two Houston VA Nurses awarded Department of Defense Patriot Awards

Two Houston VA nurses were honored with the Department of Defense's Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Awards today.

Houston staff members receive awards

“A lot of Vietnam Veterans would love to have someone call and check on them”

In 2017, Vietnam Veteran John Young lost his wife Cindy after 42 years of marriage.

An elderly man talks on the phone

Lufkin VA Clinic offers round-trip transportation to Houston VA

The drive from Lufkin, Texas to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) in Houston is a little over two hours, and even though the Charles Wilson VA Clinic offers a wide array of services, there are some specialties and visits that must be done in Houston.

Shuttle driver stands in front of shuttle bus