The Department of the Army has activated a secure web site at <a href ="https://ID-Theft.army.mil">https://ID-Theft.army.mil</a> that will enable current and former servicemembers to determine if their personal information was potentially compromised as a result of the May 3 theft of a laptop from the Department of Veterans Affairs containing personal data on millions of veterans.<br/><br/>The lost data includes identifying information (name, social security numbers and dates of birth) on as many as 20 million veterans, including active and reserve-component servicemembers. No evidence currently indicates that the data has been used illegally, but all Soldiers and former servicemembers should be extra vigilant regarding their financial well-being.<br/><br/>When entering the Army's secure web site, Soldiers and veterans should enter all the requested information (name, last four numbers of SSN, and date of birth) in the format specified to ensure a valid response to your query. Those whose data has been compromised will be linked to the VA web site, which explains recommended steps needed protect their credit.<br/><br/>For additional information on how to protect yourself from identity theft, contact DoD's Military One Source at www.militaryonesource.com or 1-800-342-9647.<br/>

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