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Old 06-07-2006, 09:28 PM   #1
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I just received information from the VA.....

My SSN was one of those stolen last month.

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Old 06-07-2006, 09:29 PM   #2
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:30 PM   #3
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:31 PM   #4
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They cannot keep VETS stuff secure...how can we trust them I say How can we trust them...

Damn you Uncle Sam!!!!!
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:35 PM   #5
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Ugh, sorry to hear that. Are they providing anything to you as far as services go? Or have they been more along the lines of, "Oops, sorry, but you're on your own"?
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that is awful.

awful.
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:39 PM   #7
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Basically, they said Be vigilant. Do not answer questions over the phone. Info is available at WWW.firstgov.gov.

They tracked me down through the IRS to let me know they lost my shit.
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that is so fucked up.
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Old 06-07-2006, 09:44 PM   #9
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OMG.... There is an insert, not in the main body of the letter...My wife's SSN has also been compromised.....This is on a separate insert from the letter.
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I am absolutely disgusted. I can't imagine the outrage you must be feeling right now.
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Unbelievable.

I hope everything will be OK, Dreadsox.
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Be vigilant??? Isn't that what they told us to do about watching for terrorism? Sheesh.

THEY lost the info, THEY need to step up and provide free services through a fraud watch company or something like that for everyone whose data was compromised.
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My father is a veteran- I believe he got a general letter, not specifically stating that his was on it. I'm sure my mother's was on it too.

Way to go US Govt, way to honor the vets. Disgraceful.


A lawsuit has been filed for free credit reports and $1000 compensation for each vet. That's about all they will do for everyone, if even that.
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Un-Fuc ing believable.

Sorry to hear that Dread
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Wonkette

Have you purchased a used computer recently? If so, you could be in possession of stolen personal information for millions of U.S. veterans and active-duty military personnel. The Post reports:

Montgomery County police released a description yesterday of the stolen laptop and its external hard drive because they said it may have been purchased by someone who does not realize the value of its content. “It could have shown up at a yard sale or a secondhand store,” police spokeswoman Lucille Baur said. “This is a time of the year when parents may be buying computers for kids going to college in the fall.”

Montgomery County police are offering a $50,000 reward for information that allows authorities to recover the laptop. The computer is a Hewlett-Packard model zv5360us and the external hard drive is an HP External Personal Media Drive.


An open letter to the VA, from a Wonkette reader and veteran whose personal information was stolen.

Here’s the email, from our justifiably infuriated correspondent:

I guess that this is old news, and probably no one cares, but identity theft can takes litterally years for someone to dig out of. The VA has potentially set 26 million veterans up for this and then sent us all letters saying “the Department of Veterans Affairs is asking all veterans to be extra vigilant and to carefully monitor bank statements blah blah blah.”

I am so appalled by this VA information debacle that I don’t even no where to start complaining. I have written to my congressmen in the past but I get the opinion that they aren’t all that interested. Anyway here is word for word my letter to the VA.

“You may contact me via email but you have lost your damned mind if you think that I am going to give you anymore addresses and phone numbers to lose.

I gave 8 years of my life to the us military, five on active duty, two and a half overseas and one in Iraq. You chose to keep hundreds of pages of information on me the least that you could do is to keep track of it. Then you have the audacity to tell me to keep an eye out for identity theft and put the responsibility on me to compensate for your ineptitude.

They have a phrase for the kind of gross stupidity that you folks practice its called “criminal negligence”. At least civilian companies have the good sense to make money selling my information. You and your a**-clown employees just lost it. Don’t bother to respond as I am aware that you have no intention of correcting any of your shortcomings.

Bravo to the VA taking care of the American Veteran!!”
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