Our nation's veterans endured sacrifice and hardships in defending our freedom.  Now, these veterans’ personal data are insufficiently protected and subject to loss or theft.  The General Accounting Office, and the VA’s Office of the Inspector General have made recommendations to improve data security, and we enacted legislation last year to increase data security.  Yet, these breaches continue to occur.

That is why I want to see an outside audit and investigation on these security breaches to determine their extent and to identify practical safeguards.