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IMMEDIATE RELEASE





Press
Advisory

June 5, 2006

No. 06-009



Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146

Press Advisory

Coalition of Veterans' Groups Files Federal Class Action
Seeking Judicial Oversight & Protection of VA's Files of 26.5 Million Veterans



WHERE: 5th Floor Conference Room, Ogletree Law Firm, 2400 N St., NW, Washington, D.C. 

WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2006 (Press Briefing)

Five national organizations, Vietnam Veterans of America, Citizen Soldier, National Gulf  War Resource Center, Radiated Veterans of America, Veterans for Peace, and several individual veterans, including VVA National President John Rowan, have joined together to file a class action lawsuit today in Federal District Court by their attorney Douglas Rosinski, of the law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart, P.C. 

The veterans’ complaint seeks:

  • A declaratory judgment that the VA's loss of 26.5 million veterans’ records violated and continues to violate both the Privacy and Administrative Procedure Acts.

  • A court order that the VA disclose the exact nature of its compromised records system and to individually inform each veteran of every record it maintains on him or her.

  • An injunction preventing the VA from altering any data storage system and prohibiting any further use of these data until a court-appointed panel of experts determines how best to implement safeguards to prevent any further breaches.

  • A judgment awarding $1,000 to each veteran who has been harmed by the VA's violation of the Privacy Act.

Military veterans will be present to describe the harmful effects of this loss of personal data, including Social Security numbers, addresses and phone numbers, and information about health conditions and disabilities.

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