"As many as 26.5 MILLION VETERANS were placed at risk of identity theft after an intruder stole an electronic data file this month containing their names, birth dates and Social Security numbers from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee, Secretary Jim Nicholson said yesterday."
A graduate of the United States Military Academy; a paratrooper and Ranger-qualified Army officer; fought in the Vietnam War, where he earned the Bronze Star Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, the Meritorious Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and two Air Medals.
Date of birth and Social Security number enable identity thieves to obtain credit reports, bank and credit card accounts and place of residence.
In other cases, such information could let terrorists use false identities to board planes or allow illegal immigrants to get a job.
Contacting the fraud department of one of the three major credit bureaus; Closing any accounts that have been tampered with or opened fraudulently; Filing a police report with your local police or the police in the community where the identity theft took place; Filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission.
PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE DISKS CONTAINING THE RECORDS OF 26.5 MILLION VETERANS AND THEN ALLOW THEM TO BE STOLEN FROM YOUR HOUSE.