There is no denying that the men who have risked their lives attempting to protect us here on the home-front deserve as much, if not more, identity theft prevention than any other citizen. After all, they work hard to shield us from harm, so it only makes sense that we return the favor when they return stateside after serving tours of duty.
It’s not simply enough to show these veterans how to get a credit report, as it appears that in many locales across the United States, vets are more at risk for identity theft than non-service members because of fundamental issues on the federal level.
According to Federal News Radio, a network devoted entirely to the goings-on of Capitol Hill, the Veteran Affairs Department (VA) continues to have a majorly flawed database of information about the service members it is tasked with helping. The House Veteran Affairs Committee and the VA have faced rising tension following a report that shows adequate identity theft prevention is simply not in place for the more than 20 million service members it represents.
Bases in Alaska, New York, Colorado, Ohio and Kentucky are at especially high risk, according to an analytics report obtained by the source. Allegedly the house committee has known about the report, but there have been few answers given from the Veteran Affairs department on why proper security measures aren’t in place.
Until veterans can guarantee their finances are being protected by the VA, they need to do all they can themselves to protect their finances. First, service members need to be aware how to get a credit report, how to read it and the credit protection services available to them.