Veterans With ID Cards Should Be Cautious About Identity Theft

If you are a veteran who receives medical treatment at a VA Medical Facility, you probably have a Veterans Identification Card (VIC Card).  At one time, VIC Cards displayed veterans’ Social Security Numbers.  However, changes were made and new cards were issued so the Social Security Number was no longer displayed.

In part, these change were made to reduce the possibility of  identity theft.  However, the Department of Veterans Affair has noted that it is still very important to safeguard your VIC Card since bar code readers and apps available on many smartphones can read the coding on the card and display a veteran’s Social Security Number.  So, if your card got into the wrong hands for a short time, someone could read your Social Security Number off the card.

To find out more about VIC Cards and how to protect your personal information, you can click this link to read the VA’s publication on VIC cards.  For more information about veterans benefits, please take a look at our blog or visit our question and answer page.

What if I have more questions about my VA claim?

I understand you want your VA claim to be done as quickly as possible. But remember the ultimate goal – to win your VA disability compensation claim.

You may eventually get there on your own, but it may be after a series of decisions by the Regional Office and Board of Veterans Appeals. Sometimes claims are appealed and remanded several times, which can cause a claim to drag on for years. If you are interested in avoiding unnecessary delay in your claim and want to do everything you can to maximize your chances of success, it is probably a good idea for you to consult with an accredited veterans disability attorney.

We would be happy to talk to you. If you would like a free consultation with our Perkins Studdard veterans disability attorneys just click here or give us a call to begin the process.

Travis Studdard is an attorney who focuses on representing veterans in VA disability compensation claims.  He regularly writes about issues that are important to veterans and their families.
You can subscribe to his Veterans Disability channel on YouTube.

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