Stolen laptop contained veterans' information, VA says

Laptop had personal data of 824 veterans

The personal information of more than 800 veterans was contained in a laptop that was stolen two months ago, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center said Friday.

The 824 affected veterans have been notified and offered free credit monitoring for a year, according to a news release.

“Any time a veteran’s personal information may be compromised, we take the matter very seriously,” Wendy Hepker, the interim medical center director, said in a statement. “We are reaching out to each veteran who may have been impacted.”

The laptop was the personal property of a physician at the VA and contained the name, last four digits of the Social Security number, discharge date and medical provider name of the veterans. At the time, he had a professional need for the information but violated VA policy by putting the information on his personal laptop before it was stolen March 30, said Alicia Miller, the acting public affairs officer.

“He did do due diligence and notify us when the laptop was stolen,” Miller said.

No action will be taken against the physician because he has already left the hospital, Miller said.

Veterans with questions or concerns may call Alicia Miller at (706) 823-1733.

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