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New Heart Failure Treatment Improves Veteran Quality of Life

After seven years of struggling with chronic heart failure, Michael Clayton, a Veteran of both the Navy and the Army, is now literally up and running thanks to an innovative new procedure he received at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston.

Two men posing for photo.

Navy Veteran Walter Meekins recently visited the Houston VA, striding through the Cardiology Department at top speed, stopping to shake hands and snap photos with VA staff.

Veteran sits with his Cardiology team

The SARS-CoV-2 vaccine can support heart health

One way of protecting your heart that you might not be aware of is by getting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Image of vaccination needles in a circle

Army Veteran finds his calling helping incarcerated Veterans turn their lives around

VA’s Veterans Justice Program identifies justice-involved Veterans and offers medical and mental health care, substance abuse treatment, housing, and vocational rehabilitation services.

Henry Molden, Veterans Justice Outreach Specialists, helping incarcerated Veterans.

First “Awake” Brain Surgery at Houston VA

As a neurosurgeon at the Houston VA Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Ali Jalali enjoys getting to know his Veteran patients and learning about their military service.

The Houston VA surgery team performs first

A Special Visit from the Houston Texans

Houston Texans coaches, players, cheerleaders, and staff visited the Houston VA during Thanksgiving week to give thanks to Veterans.

Houston Texans Head Coach David Culley visits with Veterans at VA Houston.

Meet ROSA: New Robot Guides Brain Surgery at Houston VA

There is a new surgical robot in town.  ROSA, a Robotized Surgical Assistant, has joined the Houston VA team and is helping doctors detect sources of seizures in patients with epilepsy.

Surgeons pose with Robotized Surgical Assistant.

Houston VA Encourages Veterans to access breast health services during Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is encouraging women Veterans to get screened for breast cancer during October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Doctor and patient standing by a mammography machine.

Tangible Support for Grieving Families

Marine Veteran Kirk McFarlin’s body was draped in an American flag.

Regina McFarlin, Kirk McFarlin's wife, with our Houston VA palliative care team.

A call to duty for nurse retirees

After more than 30 years helping heal the sick in the Air Force and VA, Sherman Free was ready for retirement in 2019.

Nurses Sherman Free and Lottie Lockett