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VA Data Breach Reported by California Hospital

If you are receiving care at the Palo Alto, CA Veterans Affairs Health Care System you may want to keep an eye on your credit report and personal information.

A military.com staffer recently received a letter from the VA Palo Alto Health Care System director saying his personal information may have been compromised by the VA. 

The notification said that the Palo Alto Health Care System sent out letters to veterans that had  one veteran's name but another's address on the envelopes.

These mailings consisted of postcards inside envelopes that were invites to a research study.

It wasn't immediately clear if there was any personal or medical information on the postcards, or what exactly the study was for. However, the VA recommends any veterans who may have been affected by this data breach to be especially vigilant and careful with any communications purported to be from the VA that ask for personal information.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore plus seven outpatient clinics in San Jose, Fremont, Capitola, Monterey, Stockton, Modesto, and Sonora. 

 

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