Bill to protect identity of veterans closer to reality

MADISON, Wis. - A bill to protect the identity of veterans is one step closer to reality following a News 3 investigation that revealed the Social Security numbers of veterans were sent to an unauthorized individual.

The investigation showed 637 veterans were at risk of fraud and identity theft.

This week, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee passed a funding bill securing major investments to support Wisconsin veterans.

Part of that bill includes reforms to the Veterans’ Identity Theft Protection Act, which would require the VA to stop using Social Security account numbers to identify people in all information systems used by the VA.

The legislation is now headed to the full Senate for a vote.

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