Veteran ID cards are not very secure right now. As reported by ABC Action News and The Salisbury Post, The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has issued a warning about veteran ID cards that have been issued since 2004. Apparently, anyone with a smartphone can easily retrieve a veteran’s social security number within a matter of seconds.
The VA published security warnings on their website in 2011. However, reports have not come out until recently. Veterans have been speaking out about the security problems, and claimed that they were never informed by the VA. The VA has not commented on the issue.
Anyone with a smartphone or a barcode scanner can easily scan the back of the card to retrieve a veteran’s social security number. However, the VA is now working on a new solution to better protect those who have served. In the meantime, The Salisbury Post encourages veterans to leave their cards at home. Otherwise, veterans may find themselves to be victims of identity theft. Veterans are also encouraged to share the news with others as ID card changes are being made.