Safety and Security in the VA, Hearing Before the Subcommittee Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, May 22, 1997 [open pdf - 91MB]
Alternate Title: Serial No. 105-10: Safety and Security in the VA, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Committee on Veterans' Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifth Congress, First Session, May 22, 1997
From the opening statement of Terry Everett: "Today's hearing by the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations will examine the safety and security of our veterans and our valued 240,000-plus VA [Veterans' Affairs] employees. I've become increasingly concerned about personal safety issues at the VA after hearing about the tragic murder of Dr. Ralph Carter at the G.V. 'Sonny' Montgomery Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Jackson, FL, this past February. I understand that this is the second violent assault at this facility in less than 2 years. Other incidents at VA facilities have also raised complex questions about the safety of veteran and VA staff alike. The VA's response has been to develop a pilot program to arm its hospital law-enforcement officers. The arming of VA police must be done at a very deliberate pace with stringent safeguards. Before going full-scale we must be confident that this is the right way to improve hospital security. We want to be reasonably assured that fire fights won't erupt in hospital lobbies, wards and parking lots. Standards for the VA should be no less than that for any other armed federal law-enforcement agency." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Terry Everett, James E. Clyburn, Lane Evans, Vic Snyder, John H. Baffa, Ernest W. Little, Richard P. Miller, John E. Ogden, Kenneth Faulstich, Charles F. Rinkevich, John Vitikacs, Joseph Wolfinger, Barbara Frango Zicafoose, and Frederick Roll.
Serial No. 105-10
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