VA Secretary on Hurricane Harvey response

Leading VA’s care efforts in the middle of the devastation is the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, which remains open for emergent medical care for those Veterans who can make it to the facility despite heavy flooding and closed roadways.

“Our VA hospital in Houston has continued to operate and fully function,” Shulkin said. “We have about 400 Veterans currently in the hospital. Many Veterans in the area that lost their homes and are experiencing medical problems have come to the hospital, so we maintain open operations in emergency rooms. We have about staff who have just been there since Friday evening and continue to do miraculous work and show their dedication.” Link to

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