The Portland (Ore.) Veterans Affairs Medical Center spent the past weekend calling some 600 veterans to determine who has and has not recently received new identification cards after up to 75 of the cards mailed out but returned to the hospital went missing.

The cards, returned because of inaccurate mailing addresses, had members' date of birth and Social Security number embedded on the magnetic stripe on the back, according to The Columbian newspaper.

The VA will offer affected veterans a year of paid credit protection services. The medical center also has improved its procedures for tracking ID cards, according to a press release issued to local media.

--Joseph Goedert

 

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