Being a veteran, I found this story quite shocking, but then I checked it out and it's all true. If you carry a Veterans Administration ID card, you need to watch this video. I tried it with my phone, and unfortunately, it works. I have to tell you, that since Barack Obama has been president, Veterans are getting the shaft left and right!
"Anyone with a smartphone and a bar code app can scan any Department of Veterans Affairs identification card issued since 2004 and the cardholder's Social Security number immediately pops up on the screen. The Department of Veterans Affairs published warnings about the veterans information cards (VICs) on their website in 2011 and again in July, 2013. The alert states, "Some barcode readers, including those available as applications on cell phones, can scan the bar code on the front of the card, and reveal the veteran's social security number." VA has begun to work on a new type of card, which will not contain a Social Security number. Meanwhile, veterans should treat their current ID cards as just a careful as they do their Social Security card to prevent identity theft."
According to disabledveterans.org:
"The VA has failed to sufficiently warn vets that their ID cards are easily scannable to reveal the person's Social Security Number. Some cell phones can easily scan the cards. Rather than replace the current cards with versions that protect privacy, VA opted to leave it alone while vets run the risk of identity theft. Over the past three years, VA twice published a warning on their website, but failed to ensure veterans were adequately warned. New secure cards are not set to roll out until 2014. According to VA's most recent alert, "Some barcode readers, including those available as applications on cell phones, can scan the bar code on the front of the card, and reveal the veteran's social security number."
It is bad enough that Christian Chaplains are being phased-out of the VA, as reported by Fox News. Also, Veterans benefits are being either cut-back or denied completely, especially to our brave men and women who are coming back from overseas combat duty. I used to think the VA was there for veterans, but if you've ever had dealings with them, it seems more geared to the Federal employees who work there than Veterans. Veterans are merely a bothersome entity to deal with on their way to a nice federal retirement package. Now, on top of all that, we have to worry that our identity could be stolen from us.
In some cases, our "identity" is all we have left after serving our country, and now, because of the organization that is supposed to have our back, that can be taken from us too.
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