Wednesday, May 31, 2006

YOU JUST KNEW IT WAS COMING -- The first of what is likely to be many suits against the V.A.:

Former congressional candidate Paul Hackett sued the U.S. government Tuesday on behalf of the 26.5 million veterans whose personal information was stolen this month.

Hackett, an Iraq war veteran and Indian Hill lawyer, accuses the Department of Veterans Affairs of failing to safeguard crucial personal data, including Social Security numbers.

The federal lawsuit asks a court to order Veterans Affairs to pay damages of about $1,000 per veteran and to cover the cost of credit monitoring services.