- Woman's post about 'Back the Blue' sign in Jackson coffee shop prompts firing from nearby bar (8/15/17)12
- Scott City man dies in motorcycle crash near Millersville (8/13/17)
- Stoogefest headliner cancels, cites NAACP travel advisory in Missouri (8/15/17)2
- How to save a life: Lifeguards resuscitated young girl at Cape Splash (8/17/17)2
- Teen convicted of shooting area woman in 2015 (8/13/17)
- Man accused of making terror threats against dental office (8/13/17)
- Councilman: Scott City mayor, city administrator resigned (8/15/17)4
- Woman dies in house fire in Cape Girardeau County (8/16/17)
- Scott City school chief gets raise, while some teachers don't (8/17/17)6
- 'Love, not hate': Area residents gather to sing, talk about racial issues after violence in Charlottesville (8/14/17)89
Our debt to veterans
The revelation that personal information about 26.5 million U.S. veterans was stolen from the home of a Veterans Affairs data analyst raises many questions. None of the answers is likely to make the veterans or anyone else feel better about the security of their records.
The information stolen included names, birth dates and Social Security numbers but no financial or medical information.
At least one person is sure to be fired for improperly taking the information home, but the incident underscores previous questions about security at the VA. Investigators now say the employee had been taking data home for three years.
Moreover, whatever precautions we take to protect our identities never seem sufficient to prevent information from getting into the hands of people who aren't supposed to have it.
The Veterans Administration has much to answer for allowing weeks to pass before revealing the theft, making it that much more difficult for the veterans and law enforcement to prevent the information from being used illegally.
The debt this nation owes its veterans is immeasurable. Now we must assure that every one of them is protected from being hurt by this massive blunder.