Friday, June 02, 2006

Courage Fights for Veterans’ Financial Security

Candidate for Congress in TX-21 John Courage spoke of his support today for a piece of legislation aimed at helping veterans whose personal data was stolen from the home of a VA employee earlier this month.

Courage stated that “Democrats are offering a bill to address this egregious breach of privacy, along with calling for a full investigation so that the people in charge are held accountable. This is an outrageous, unacceptable violation of the over 100,000 brave men and women here in Congressional District 21 who have served our country. The revelation that the private and personal records of all of these veterans had been taken home by a VA employee and then stolen is appalling. Our veterans and their families deserve better.”

“It is not only wrong, it is a cover up,” Courage said. “It was two weeks before the Administration informed the FBI and 19 days before the Administration informed the veterans whose personal information was stolen. Much damage to veterans may have been wreaked in that period of time.”

This legislation, called the “Veterans Identity Protection Act of 2006,” will protect veterans from identity theft by calling on the VA to:
  • Provide veterans with one year of free credit monitoring -- to alert them of changes in their credit in order to stop the theft before it gets out of control.
  • Provide veterans with one free credit report each year for two years after the end of credit monitoring, in addition to the free credit report available under the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
  • Authorize $1.25 billion in emergency funds for the first year of implementation.
“I stand with the Democrats in Congress who are sponsoring this bill and will vote for better privacy and security for our veterans when elected to Congress. This is yet another step in fulfilling our pledge to leave no veteran behind. Democrats have introduced the New GI Bill of Rights to make sure that veterans and military retirees get the benefits they have earned and deserve.”

While the FBI and the VA Inspector General’s office are looking into the matter, John Courage is informing veterans and their families to take proactive steps to protect themselves from misuse of their personal information.


At 5:16 PM, Blogger progressivegrannie said...

Get this, when sent home on leave, military personnel in Iraq have to prove they can afford a return ticket. This from a friend's husband who returned from Iraq yesterday. His credit cards did not arrive in time, so he used his paycheck and checkbook as proof.
Heck of a war to treat military personnel! And, they treat veterans worse.This must stop!


Post a Comment

<< Home