You can thank State Senator John Snow,-D, NC-50 for introduceing legislation to try to combat this! He is a veteran and he cares! Dan

VA withdraws offer for credit monitoring
National Commander Bock responds that veterans deserve ‘peace of mind’

American Legion National Commander Tom Bock has issued this statement based upon the following story of the government withdrawal of support for credit monitoring after the theft of veteran information: "Veterans should be able to have full faith and confidence in their government. It is not the fault of veterans, servicemembers or others who were included in the data base that the breach in security took place.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs has stated that free credit monitoring for a year would be offered to those who could potentially become victims of identity theft. It is not possible to guarantee with total certainty that the recovered data was not accessed. Therefore The American Legion calls upon the Administration and Congress to provide the promised protection to allow concerned veterans and members of the military a sense of well being and peace of mind they so rightly deserve."

Commander Bock was speaking to the fact that the government said July 18, 2006 it would no longer offer free credit monitoring for the 26.5 million veterans whose sensitive information was stolen recently because the data had been recovered.

The announcement came after the FBI determined the information on a Veterans Affairs employee's laptop and external drive had not been accessed. Still, it drew a protest from veterans groups who said the VA was abandoning a promise. Steve Robertson, legislative director of The American Legion, said many of its members had already signed up for credit monitoring, expecting that the government would reimburse them.

In a letter Tuesday to Congress, White House budget director Rob Portman cancelled his office's request for $160.5 million for the VA to provide one year of free monitoring to millions of veterans and active-duty troops. VA spokesman Matt Burns said the department planned to hire a company to provide data-breach analysis to detect potential patterns of misuse of veterans' information.

Veterans groups and lawmakers from both parties have criticized the VA for the theft, which came after years of warnings by auditors that information security was lax. They also criticized the VA for waiting nearly three weeks to notify veterans after the burglary at the VA employee's home. In a blistering report last week, Veterans Affairs Inspector General George Opfer faulted both the VA data analyst and supervisors for poor judgment.

Source: The American

Dan Siler-Joint Veterans Advocate/PAO
Graham Co.Veterans Advocacy & Recruiting Center
Main Street, Robbinsville,NC 28771
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Keep it coming, Dan

It's hard to understand why so many Veterans still support the current administration after being screwed over again and again.


Of course, I don't remember big huge headlines on this like there were when the offer was initially made.

I wonder if it has to do with the fact that the computer was found and they don't think the data was breached. Still, credit monitoring is something that could be accomplished through software and really....I can't imagine it would be that expensive. The cost would be worth it for the families still at home trying to make ends meet. What if something goes wrong and the serviceperson is in the middle of Iraq and can't take care of it? This is the last thing they need to worry about.

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