The United States Department of Veteran Affairs announced this week that last month's theft of personnel data concerning 26.5 million veterans may also include active duty military personnel, including those from the Crescenta Valley.
1.1 million active duty military including, 430,000 National Guard and 645,000 National Guard Reserve members may have been in the stolen data.
No reports of stolen identity theft due to this incident have been reported to date.
Art Napowocki, La Crescenta VFW representative, said he had received information from VFW headquarters concerning the matter.
"We were asked to pass it along," Napowocki said.
The letter sent to Napowocki stated that the VA would be sending out notification letters to all affected by this theft. Those concerned can also find information on the web at http://www.firstgov.gov. Also the VA has established a manned call center for veterans to receive information about this situation and to learn more about consumer identity protections. That toll free number is (800) FED-INFO. The call center is operated from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m Eastern time Monday through Saturday.