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*To a soldier, a Dog Tag (pictured above) is like a civilian’s finger print. There is only one like it.

It separates us from everyone else in the world. It shows us as an individual. And if its stolen, the thief can create a whole new existence for him or herself – using something that at one time uniquely identified someone else.

CNN quotes the Library of Congress saying a dog tag “individualizes the human being who wears it, despite his or her role as a small part of a huge and faceless organization.”

On Tuesday, that organization – the Army – announced its plan to make changes to the dog tags so that ID theft won’t be an easy task. And it will be the first time in four decades that such a change has been made.

Read more at EURThisNthat.