Vets exposed to more VA violence

VA Medical Center
VA Medical Center. (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – More information about the Dayton VA and its veterans.  This is not the first time the Dayton campus has experienced violence.  Four years ago, veteran Jesse Huff shot himself outside that very hospital.

Then, a few years ago, it was discovered that for years, local veterans had been exposed to blood borne illnesses, blamed in part, on a dentist using unsanitary dental  tools.

A local military psychologist says these situations can create feelings of insecurity, fear and neglect among veterans. Dr. Larry James says the grounds of vet centers across the country had always been considered sacred and safe.

“What it would signal to many is, ‘am I safe if I go there?’ And the right answer is, indeed, they are safe. These occurrences are rare, but they do happen.”

Dr. James says it’s important to not stop treatment, despite the feelings of concern and insecurity.  If not, he says, full blown phobias can develop. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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