Iowa Congressman Leonard Boswell finds himself right in the middle of the controversy over the theft of personal information on millions of veterans from a Veterans Administration employee. Boswell is a Vietnam vet.
Boswell says his retirement came in 1976, “So I guess my records are out there along with everybody else’s.” Boswell says he’s concerned about all the veterans involved. Boswell, a democrat, says he’s trying to do something to help prevent any damage to veterans from identity theft.
Boswell says the V-A “screwed up badly” and he’s cosponsoring legislation that will require the V-A to provide information to veterans along with free credit information and two years of free credit reports as well as money for implementation of the program.
Boswell says he’s not happy that the V-A delayed letting veterans know about the information theft. He says, “We’re gonna make sure we don’t like it. That was inappropriate.” The data covered some 26-million veterans, most of whom left the service in the last 30 years.