And now; the rest of the story . . . from our illustrious VA . . . .
You know the VA - the guys and gals taht are supposed to SUPPORT retirees and veterans for the remainder of their days . . . who in reality simply suck.
There have been several e-mail messages from several folks in the upper echelons of the VA recently about steps we are to take in case something amiss hits our credit reports, our mail boxes, our credit card statements, etc.
I have already done them. Although the VA recommends waiting until such time as the veteran receives a letter from them informing the vet that his/her data has been compromised before taking additional steps - I don't trust the bastards.
The first thing I did was launch a fraud alert to all three major US Credit Reporting Agencies . . . this alert is good for 90 days and can be renewed. Basically, it says any attempt to gain access to my credit report will be stonewalled until such time as I'm notified and can verify the need. While that may hamper an attempt to obtain credit I have no need to do that at the moment.
I have also written a letter to all my creditors, be they credit card companies or the mortgage company with similar information.
Now, I don't know about the other vets/retirees out there, but I'm sorely pissed about this. And the moron that took the records home still has a job.
Oh, his boss, out of a gesture of good will, resigned
but will be back on the gov't payroll somewhere I'm sure fairly soon.
My position: The asshole that took the records home to "work on them" took them home for no other reason but to sell them. Period.
He needs to be jailed. He has violated so many laws it's pathetic. Let me, I can start with 2.2 million counts of violating the Privacy Act of 1974 . . . .***
I've always been smart about my credit and credit cards and shredding things and not giving out addresses and phone numbers - etc. Hell, even my Department only has my cell phone and a PO
Box . . . and in one fell swoop some government bureauacrat has shit the bed on the whole deal.
Just another flogging of American Veterans.
Ted, if I see any credit inquiries from Florida, you're gonna get a visit "from my little friend".
*** How long until someone says "Well, the Patriot Act is violating your rights" and then I'll have to respond with the
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FOR THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT, FREEDOM HAS A FLAVOR THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW OR UNDERSTAND