Are You Competent Enough to Handle Your Own Finances?

From Red Flag News:

Written by Constitutional Attorney Michael Connelly, J.D.

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How would you feel if you received a letter from the U.S. Government informing you that because of a physical or mental condition that the government says you have, it is proposing to rule that you are incompetent to handle your own financial affairs? Suppose that letter also stated that the government is going to appoint a stranger to handle your affairs for you at your expense? That would certainly be scary enough but it gets worse.

What if that letter also stated: “A determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”?

That makes it sound like something right from a documentary on a tyrannical dictatorship somewhere in the world. Yet, as I write this I have a copy of such a letter right in front of me. It is being sent by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of America’s heroes. In my capacity as Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation (USJF) I have been contacted by some of these veterans and the stories I am getting are appalling.

The letter provides no specifics on the reasons for the proposed finding of incompetency; just that it is based on a determination by someone in the VA. In every state in the United States no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…”.

Obviously, the Department of Veterans Affairs can’t be bothered by such impediments as the Constitution, particularly since they are clearly pushing to fulfill one of Obama’s main goals, the disarming of the American people. Janet Napolitano has already warned law enforcement that some of the most dangerous among us are America’s heroes, our veterans, and now according to this letter from the VA they can be prohibited from buying or even possessing a firearm because of a physical or mental disability.

Think about it, the men and women who have laid their lives on the line to defend us and our Constitution are now having their own Constitutional rights denied. There are no clear criteria for the VA to declare a veteran incompetent. It can be the loss of a limb in combat, a head injury, a diagnosis of PTSD, or even a soldier just telling someone at the VA that he or she is depressed over the loss of a buddy in combat. In none of these situations has the person been found to be a danger to themselves or others. If that was the case then all of the Americans who have suffered from PTSD following the loss of a loved one or from being in a car accident would also have to be disqualified from owning firearms. It would also mean that everyone who has ever been depressed for any reason should be disarmed. In fact, many of the veterans being deprived of their rights have no idea why it is happening.

The answer seems to be it is simply because they are veterans. At the USJF we intend to find the truth by filing a Freedom of Information Act request to the Department of Veterans Affairs to force them to disclose the criteria they are using to place veterans on the background check list that keeps them from exercising their Second Amendment rights. Then we will take whatever legal steps are necessary to protect our American warriors.

The reality is that Obama will not get all of the gun control measures he wants through Congress, and they wouldn’t be enough for him anyway. He wants a totally disarmed America so there will be no resistance to his plans to rob us of our nation. That means we have to ask who will be next. If you are receiving a Social Security check will you get one of these letters? Will the government declare that you are incompetent because of your age and therefore banned from firearm ownership. It certainly fits in with the philosophy and plans of the Obama administration. It is also certain that our military veterans don’t deserve this and neither do any other Americans.




This letter first surfaced a couple of years ago, but given the continued deplorable management at the VA, it’s worth revisiting. If the treatment, or the lack of it, at the VA hospitals weren’t bad enough, our veterans have this hanging over their heads. Never mind that they fought for this country, but if they appear remotely incompetent the VA will send a government goon fiduciary to ‘assist’ them with their finances. If that weren’t such a threat, it would be laughable, considering the money mismanagement in our government, and particularly in the VA where they doctor the records in order to obtain bonuses, but leave the patients untreated.

Remember too that the appointed fiduciary is responsible to the VA, not the veteran he’s ‘assisting’. With so many of our soldiers suffering with PTSD, you have to wonder how many of them have already been forced to deal with this. How many have had their guns confiscated?

As pointed out in the last paragraph, anyone receiving government assistance could find such a letter in their mailbox. The government support services are being used to disarm and control us.

The scariest words ever – ‘we’re from the government and we’re here to help you.’



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10 Responses to Are You Competent Enough to Handle Your Own Finances?

  1. tannngl says:

    This is evidently the way O wants things handled in the VA.
    They all just got bonuses again.

    • Kathy says:

      Knowing his disdain for our military, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn O’s admin is behind this.

      That bonus system needs to be completely reworked. Thanks, tannngl.

  2. CW says:

    Great post, Kathy.

    These revelations of government overreach (to put it nicely) coming up on a daily basis now underscore what dangerous times we live in and what a powerful force we’re up against. Sure, these people can sue the federal gov’t. We all know how easy that is. David (with no resources because the gov’t has co-opted them) vs. Goliath who tyrannizes him with the resources of the federal treasury (which, as irony would have it, David must pay into). It just doesn’t get any more Orwellian than that.

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks, CW. Your David & Goliath analogy is spot on – we are a nation of Davids, and especially our veterans. It is disturbing to see so many of them at the mercy of the government. They camouflage their actions as assistance, when in fact it is more control they’re after…and getting it.

  3. Clyde says:

    Anyone know who Bonehead Boehner gave the chair of the Vets Committee to ? THAT is where this letter NEEDS to go.

  4. Garnet92 says:

    This conjures up a vision of an entity like ACORN, created and operating the same way. That is, creating a not-for-profit entity like Fiduciaries Unlimited (FU) staffed with hired-off-the-street “fiduciaries” who “help” our veterans in a minimalistic fashion, while FU collects the veteran’s benefits and the CEO of FU gets rich.

    In fact, Wade Rathke is probably literally drooling at the thought of creating another ACORN and collecting more federal money – it’s all he’s been successful at.

  5. captbogus2 says:

    And you guys haven’t seen this coming down the pike for awhile now???

    • Kathy says:

      It’s not so much that, Cap, as it that they don’t miss a single avenue when looking for ways to control and disarm. We know their intent, the surprising part is the lengths they go to in order to fulfil their goal.

  6. captbogus2 says:

    Not so surprising, Kathy. Remember to them, “The end justifies the means.”