Data on 2.2M active troops stolen from VA

By | June 7, 2006

Data on 22M active troops stolen from VA

Nearly all active-duty military, Guard and Reserve members ? about 2.2 million total ? may be at risk for identity theft because their personal information was among those stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month.In a new disclosure Tuesday, VA Secretary Jim Nicholson said the agency was mistaken when it said over the weekend that up to 50,000 Navy and National Guard personnel were among the 26.5 million veterans whose names, birthdates and Social Security numbers were stolen on May 3.

The number is actually much higher because the VA realized it had records on file for most active-duty personnel because they are eligible to receive VA benefits such as GI Bill educational assistance and the home loan guarantee program. – yahoo

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