Protecting Vets' Personal Information

The VA works hard to keep Veterans' personal information private and confidential. However, there have been breaches in security that have left some Veterans' information exposed. Recently, laptops containing the personal information of 26.5 million Veterans were stolen out of the home of a VA employee who was not authorized to take the electronics home with him in the first place. His home was burglarized and the information was stolen. Police believe that the information was not the target of the thieves' target, but that the laptops themselves were valuable.

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Directly after the theft, the VA announced that it would be offering free credit monitoring services to all Veterans whose information could have been accessed by the criminals. The laptops have since been recovered and the FBI has thoroughly gone over the access of information and believes that none of the personal information has been accessed. Since the FBI believes none of the information has been tampered with and remains confidential, the VA now sees no further need for credit monitoring of the Veterans who would have potentially been affected by this breach of information.

Information that could have been breached as a result of this theft includes the names, dates of birth, and social security numbers of millions of Veterans - information that could be very harmful should a criminal decided to use it. This underscores the reasons why, as a Veteran it is important for you to safeguard your personal information against identity theft and fraud.

The VA has access to confidential information on many Veterans due to the fact that veterans provide the VA with private information in order to use VA benefits such as the following:

  • College education and job training
  • The VA Home Loan Guarantee Program
  • Health care benefits
  • Life insurance
  • Pension and disability benefits
  • Specially Adapted Housing Grants
  • Survivor's benefits

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These are only a few of the many benefits offered to Veterans and their families. In order to access these benefits, Veterans must give the VA their personal information. The possibility always exists that this information could be stolen and used in a fraudulent manner.

For more information on the stolen data and what the VA is doing to safeguard your personal information, contact your local VA Regional Service Center or go to the VA's online site.

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