HAMPTON -- Security reviews have been ordered at the Department of Veterans Affairs' hospitals and clinics throughout the country following a non-fatal shooting at the Dayton, Ohio VA medical facility Monday.
It's welcome news to patients at the Hampton VA, who tell 13News Now that security at their facility is good.
"It's very good" said James McGlaughon. "We've got good security here. Nice police officers and they guard us real well."
Police say a former employee of the Dayton VA. entered the hospital and shot a current worker in one of his ankles during a struggle in a break room. The suspect, Neil Moore, 59, was arrested later at a different hospital where he sought "psychiatric services," according to Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl told reporters.
In Hampton, veterans say they welcome a review of security procedures at their hospital.
"Yes sir, I think that's a good idea," said Sidney James. "I do think that's a good idea."
Hampton VA administrators declined to be interviewed. But in a statement, spokeswoman Sheila Bailey said: "“The safety and wellbeing of our Veterans, visitors, and staff are our first priority. Hampton VA Medical Center has a strong police presence, and this coupled with staff training, and drills are vital to maintaining a safe environment that is conducive to providing quality patient care."
The security review comes as the VA embarks on another national study of patient care, following the deaths of up to 40 veterans at the Phoenix VA hospital because of delayed treatment at an agency hospital, according to a report.
Lawmakers are anxious to get some answers.
Wednesday in Washington, the House Veterans Affairs Committee voted to subpoena Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to address the Phoenix situation, ordering Shinseki and other top VA officials to produce all emails and written correspondence sent between April 9 and May 8 related to the disappearance or destruction of a secret patient wait list at the Phoenix hospital.
Other legislators, including North Carolina Senator Richard Burr, along with the American Legion, have called for Shinseki's resignation. The former Army General has said he will not step down, noting that he serves "at the pleasure of the president."