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Veteran’s information potentially compromised


The Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs (ODVA) has determined that the personal information of 967 Oregon veterans may have been compromised.

A preliminary and ongoing investigation indicates that copies of DD214’s (DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) may have been in the possession of a person unauthorized to handle this information.

All impacted veterans have been mailed a notification and offered credit monitoring services for a full year at no charge.

“We sent out 967 letters to the veterans that might be involved in the potential compromise,” Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs Community Manager Nicole Hoeft said. “Please give us until Wednesday, Dec. 30 if you haven’t receive a letter before you call for additional information.”

Hoeft said there are two investigations ongoing into the potential compromise, but she declined to say who was conducting the investigations.

“We are attempting to determine what happened,” she said. “We want to make sure that we get the word out to the veterans that might be impacted.”

Department officials said at this time there is no evidence to suggest that there has been any attempt to misuse the information. However, because personal information such as social security number, date of birth, address and full name is typically on discharge documents, ODVA is treating this compromise with critical importance.

“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. “The trust our veterans have in our ability to keep their personal information private goes to the core of our work. ODVA takes great pride in our advocacy on behalf of Oregon veterans and deeply regrets this release of personal information.”

For more details, call 503-373-2386.