Congressman John Barrow Calls for Fast Passage of "Veterans Identity Protection Act"
Calling the Department of Veterans Affairs' recent loss of personal identification records for 26.5 million veterans a "careless and colossal screw up" that demands immediate action from Congress, 12th District Georgia Congressman John Barrow (D-Savannah) today signed on as a cosponsor of a bill that would provide free credit reports and credit monitoring for the millions of veterans now at risk of identity theft.
"Some government bureaucrat in the VA is guilty of a careless and colossal screw up," Barrow said. "And now, millions of veterans are at risk of identity theft. Congress cannot afford to drag its feet - we have to respond to this. Quick action is necessary if we're going to make sure this situation doesn't get any worse than it already is."
"I also think there needs to be a larger investigation that looks into staffing and management at the VA," Barrow continued. "A situation like this is often the symptom of a larger problem, and we owe it to our veterans to make sure that the VA is properly run so that it meets their needs and protects their security."
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