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Veterans should be a thing of the past.

Now we can all be Will Charlton

The VA has reported that a massive theft of veterans' personal information has occured. From the New York Times story:

Personal electronic data on up to 26.5 million military veterans, including their Social Security numbers and birth dates, was stolen from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee who had taken the information without authorization, the agency said today.

The department said there was no evidence that any data had been used illegally, and that whoever stole it during a burglary of the employee's home might be unaware of the nature of the information or how to use it. The stolen data does not include any health records or financial information, the agency said.

If they were unaware of the nature of the information before, they sure won't be now.

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22 May, 2006 5:47 PM - Posted by | News, Veterans' affairs

5 Comments »

  1. This news is so disturbing that I don’t even know how bad it could suck. Shit, shit, shit.

    Comment by willcharlton | 23 May, 2006 5:10 AM | Reply

  2. Does this mean every vet who gets their info stolen can enter into a class-action against the VA?

    Comment by Todd | 25 May, 2006 12:11 AM | Reply

  3. Probably not until someone can prove that “we” have suffered by this at any length. The better question would be will this make care for Veterans better or worse? If a lawsuit happens, will it bankrupt the VA?

    Comment by willcharlton | 25 May, 2006 2:14 AM | Reply

  4. The VA is a Cabinet department with a budget of somewhere around $100 billion; I’m pretty sure that they won’t go bankrupt. Although Todd raises a damn good point; I’d get certainly in on a class-action suit.

    The question now is, how do we find out if our info was involved in the theft?

    Comment by Fernando | 25 May, 2006 12:15 PM | Reply

  5. Here are some links that I believe will be interested

    Comment by muchacocha | 9 August, 2006 1:28 AM | Reply


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