CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE JIM CRAIG CONDEMNS HANDLING OF VETERANS' STOLEN PERSONAL DATA

For Immediate Release

Contact: Jean Weinberg

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CALLS ON CONGRESS TO DEMAND FULL DISCLOSURE, SAFEGUARDS AND COMMUNICATIONS FOR VETERANS FROM THE VA

( JUNE 9,2006)— Today , Congressional Candidate Jim Craig and Veteran of the US Army demanded answers from Veterans Affairs about one of the nation’s largest security breaches. This week, the department announced that the stolen person data of Veterans includes as many as 1.1 million active-duty military personnel, 430,000 National Guard members and 645,000 reserve members.

“As a Veteran I find the revelation that it involved far more active duty military people than was previously thought deeply disturbing. Our Veterans and active-duty military have enough to handle in Iraq and Afghanistan, this kind of negligence is unacceptable,” Jim said.

Veterans are a central part of our community in New Hampshire. In the state of New Hampshire there are 125,801 veterans and 66,108 veterans in New Hampshire’s First District. [2004 American Community Survey performed by US Census]. Veterans both here in New Hampshire and in the rest of the country deserve answers.

Jim Craig Calls on Congress to Demand the following from the VA:

Full Disclosure: the VA should fully disclose which personnel are affected by the stolen data.

Safeguards: must be put in place prior to VA employees using sensitive data-- to ensure that this type of security breach never happens again.

Improved communications: there was a several week delay in publicizing the burglary in which the data was stolen. Veterans deserve to get timely, accurate, and concise information as it relates to their personal data and their security.

“I will fight for the needs of veterans and their families in Washington. The sacrifices they are making for our country must be rewarded with the best we can give them,” Jim said.

Jim Craig, a life-long resident of Manchester, has represented the 9th District of Hillsborough County in the New Hampshire State House for eight years. As the Democratic Leader, Jim earned a solid reputation for working across party lines to build a lasting, bipartisan consensus that represents the mainstream values of New Hampshire residents.