Va. launches investigation after discovering 20-30 boxes of veterans’ records in ex-Veterans Services employee’s storage unit

Mark Bowes reports:

A state investigation is underway after authorities said they discovered 20 to 30 boxes of documents, including claims filed by veterans, in a storage unit once leased by a former Virginia Department of Veterans Services employee who worked at the agency’s veterans benefits office at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Veterans Services officials retrieved the documents Sept. 29 and secured them at the agency’s Richmond headquarters and are now reviewing them so that all affected veterans can be notified and assisted “with any necessary action to ensure that their claims have been properly filed,” the agency said.

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Herthel said the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office alerted the agency about the documents after the contents of the former employee’s storage unit had been auctioned off to a bidder, and that person notified the sheriff.

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