Washington, DC, June 9, 2006
Veterans Advantage (www.VeteransAdvantage.com) the leading nationwide membership program providing new service benefits for U.S. Veterans, National Guard, Reservists, Active Duty military and their families, announced today that a comprehensive ID Theft Protection Service will be provided free to its members who are U.S. Veterans and Active Duty personnel and believe their personal information is at risk due to the recent theft of data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Advantage’s ID Theft Protection Services will help those members at risk identify steps to research and clear their name of any illegal use of their personal data, as well as help prevent such loss occurring in the future. Members will also be provided access to a dedicated toll-free phone number to work personally with a counselor on steps they need to take in either case.
"As a Veteran myself, I can personally appreciate the uncertainty and fear prompted by the recent theft of confidential data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs," said Scott Higgins, Founder and Chief Executive of Veterans Advantage. "But we want all to know, we are here to help," Higgins added.
In response to the announcement of the loss of sensitive data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Higgins has called on all U.S. Veterans to keep a close watch out for identity theft.
"If you have any questions specific to the incident at the Department of Veterans Affairs, contact them directly. But, if you want to do something about it right now and protect yourself in the future, contact us," he said.
Recent reports from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimate 26.5 million veterans whose names, birth dates and social security numbers were stolen on May 3, including records from nearly all active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve members (about 2.2 million).
To get the ID Theft protection services benefit, all U.S. Veterans and Active Duty who have served in any branch or period of service, as well as their spouses and dependent children, are encouraged to join Veterans Advantage as part of a 30-DAY TRIAL at www.VeteransAdvantage.com or call toll-free 1-866-VET REWARDS (1-866-838-7392).
Existing members can get information on the free service in the private, password protected "Members Only" area of www.VeteransAdvantage.com