The head of the Veterans of Foreign Wars says the theft of personal information from 26 (m) million vets is a "serious breach" of security.
VA officials say they have set up a call center for veterans who think their information has been misused.
The theft occurred when a worker improperly brought some information home and the residence was robbed. The government says
that includes Social Security numbers and birth dates.
The information involved mainly those veterans who served and have been discharged since 1975. Data of veterans discharged before 1975 who submitted claims to the agency may have been included.
VA Secretary Jim Nicholson says there's no evidence the thieves used the data for identity theft, and an investigation continues.
The department has come under criticism for shoddy accounting and for falling short on the needs of veterans.