Veterans suing over laptop missing from Dorn VA

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs is being sued over a missing laptop officials say contained personal information of thousands of veterans.

In a lawsuit filed last month, two veterans say the theft from the William Jennings Bryan Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia put them at risk.

Last month, the VA said 7,000 veterans' identities may have been compromised after a laptop was discovered missing from a respiratory lab. Officials said it contained unencrypted data like patients' names and birthdates.

The suit says the VA failed to implement basic computer safeguards. Dorn officials say the investigation into the missing laptop is ongoing.

The VA has urged affected veterans to sign up for identity theft protection and offering them a year of free credit monitoring.

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