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New VA Program Focuses on Protecting Veterans’ Private Information

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Disability Help Group

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) issued an announcement regarding a new initiative, known as the Continuous Readiness in Information Security Program (CRISP), to protect the sensitive information provided by veterans who apply for VA services, such as veterans’ disability benefits.

Veterans Today provided a copy of the statement by VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki. While a million more active-duty soldiers are expected to join the 22 million veterans in circulation, the VA wants to transition more of its services to online and digital formats, resulting an increase need for cyber security, which has prompted the new program.

Secretary Shinseki hopes to have all aspects of the program in place by Sunday, April 1. Training has been planned for all VA employees, contractors, affiliates and volunteers. The goals of CRISP focus on increasing the privacy and protection of sensitive personal information that is collected from veterans when they apply for benefits and other VA programs.

Considering that personal information is sometimes required, especially when filing a claim for benefits, medical history, military service records, and sensitive identification details could end up in the wrong hands and possibly cause damage to a veterans’ identity or credit.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been treated unfairly, denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability representative from Disability Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-(800)-800-3332.