Vets' information safe after Social Security numbers inadvertently emailed

Herald staffDecember 16, 2013 

Officials with the Walla Walla Veterans Affairs Medical Center said there is "minimal risk" to veterans after the VA inadvertently emailed the Social Security numbers of 1,519 veterans to an outside education partner.

The email and its attachment were recovered within 10 minutes of being sent, Laurie Beauchamp, the Walla Walla VA's privacy officer, said in a news release. She said the education partner is held in high regard.

"I am confident appropriate steps have been taken to mitigate any harm to our veterans," she said.

The employee who sent the email has received training on protecting electronic files to try to keep similar situations from happening again, the release said.

Veteran whose names appeared in the email received a letter with an offer for free credit monitoring for a year, the release said.

Veterans who think they may have been affected but have not been notified are asked to write to: Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center; ATTN: Privacy Officer; 77 Wainwright Drive; Walla Walla, WA 99362.

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