Floor Conference Room, Ogletree Law Firm, 2400 N St., NW, Washington, D.C.
WHEN: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 6, 2006 (Press
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