Veterans' records, personal information exposed in data breach

The personal information of about 46,000 veterans was compromised.

The VA is in the process of notifying affected veterans, and next-of-kin of will be notified in cases where the person who had their information accessed is deceased. Social Security numbers for both living and deceased veterans may have been compromised, the department said.

"There is no action needed from Veterans if they did not receive an alert by mail, as their personal information was not involved in the incident," the VA said in a statement.

The department is encouraging veterans who were notified of their involvement in the breach to contact the Financial Services Center.