Maybe your letter got stolen too. I got an e-mail from DFAS too.
This e-mail alerts you to a possibility that your personal information,
including name, social security number, and date of birth, may have been
included in the recent loss of data by an employee of the Veterans
Administration. We want to let you know what happened, and how to protect
In May, the VA learned that an employee took home electronic data without
authorization. The employee's home was burglarized and the data were
stolen. Included were personal information for up to 26 million people,
including many of the DoD family.
The Department shares information with VA to help ensure quick service for
customers of the VA. For example, the Montgomery GI Bill and Servicemens
Group Life Insurance are important to DoD, and both are administered by the
The DoD's interest now focuses on informing those in uniform and their
families how best to defeat identity theft. Several resources are
The Department of Veterans Affairs has set up a special web site and a
toll-free telephone number: "www.firstgov.gov" and 1-800-FED-INFO
(1-800-333-4636). Each features up-to-date news and information on the data
compromise. The website provides steps on how to check credit reports, how
to guard against identity theft and who to call if someone believes
fraudulent activity is occurring with his or her personal information.
Information relating to the defeat of identify theft also is available at
To date, the VA reports that populations affected by its data loss have NOT
experienced any rise in identity theft: however, DoD encourages you to
follow the advice available at the foregoing sites.
Delivered by Defense Finance and Accounting Service
I didn't get one either.... and the thought of the VA monitoring my credit is
NOT giving me a warm, fuzzy feeling..
Hell, I gave up trying to collect the 2 months pay they owed me after a year of
red tape and BS, how bad will they screw up the monitoring and how many laptops
with THAT data on it will be lost.. *sigh*
You didn't miss anything by not getting a letter. I received one a couple of
weeks ago and there wasn't anything about them monitoring anyone's credit in
it. All the letter says is they lost the data, they are sorry and it's up to
you to keep an eye on your credit report. In other words, they aren't
responsbile, you are.
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