If you haven’t heard yet, the VA has once again stepped on their collective necktie. When not busy leaving expensive laptops in plain view in vehicles in high-crime areas, they now have been busted for all but printing out our SSNs on our VA ID cards. Yeppers, folks. Spread the word.
While I’m not very prone to drag out my VA ID and proudly wave it around, if I lose my wallet, there’s a high probability that a motivated criminal with a bar code reader app in his cel phone can pull it out without much fuss. That, along with your DOB and a few other metrics like an address off your driver’s license is just about all that is needed to buy a new car on your brand new credit card you didn’t know you had yet.
Be aware. It’s a new world out there and some of the people inhabiting it are not your friends. The good old days of stamping it on your dog tags is gone. The new VA card will be out next year so protect the one you have. What the hey. Take a pair of shears and cut the bar code off. If the VA weenies down at the VAMC blow an ass gasket, give them your opinion of their intelligence. Go ahead. Be brutally honest but do it with a smile. They’re already batting .1000 on stupidity as it is. This just confirms it.
By the way, google VA ID cards on the ‘image’ setting and you can view any of the above cards. I do hope they are merely facsimiles of real ones. And if you know any of these guys, tell them their images are published there (at Google).