Oregon veterans’ information possibly compromised

ODVA says there is no evidence to suggest the information has been misused

A group of current and former military personnel take part in a Naturalization ceremony during a Veteran's Day observance at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
A group of current and former military personnel take part in a Naturalization ceremony during a Veteran's Day observance at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs revealed Monday that the personal information of nearly 1,000 former service members in the state may have been compromised.

There is an ongoing investigation into the matter, but preliminary results show someone unauthorized to handle veterans’ information had access to 967 DD214’s, or Certificates of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

The U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center is shown in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center is shown in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, March 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

The ODVA says there is no evidence to suggest the information has been misused.

Because the compromised documents include personal information like social security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and full names, the ODVA says it is treating the case with critical importance.

Impacted veterans have been notified of the breach via mail. They have been offered free credit monitoring services for a full year.

“Beyond the more immediate investigation and response for our veterans that are impacted, I have also asked our leadership team for a broader review of our policies and internal controls around veterans’ confidentiality and privacy,” ODVA Director Cameron Smith said in a press release.

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