Is This Any Way To Treat Our Veterans?


U.S. Depeartment of Veteran Affairs Medical Ce...

U.S. Depeartment of Veteran Affairs Medical Center on East 23rd Street in Manhattan, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Perusing the internet last night, I came upon an article that made my blood boil. It directly impacts our heroic disabled veterans and has consequences that could go much farther if left unchecked.


The Department of Veterans Affairs has started sending out letters to some disabled vets indicating that they will be evaluated on their capacity to handle their own affairs. The letter does not cite the specific reasons for the evaluation; it merely states that they have received a report from a VA Medical Center which has triggered the process.

In the particular instance of one such letter that has been made public, it originated from the Portland Oregon Regional Office to a male disabled veteran (all other identification has, of course, been redacted from the copy). The letter is signed by K. Kalama, identified as the Veterans Service Center Manager.

The letter indicates that the veteran may request a hearing within thirty days and that a final determination on his competency will be made within sixty days. If a decision is made that the veteran is not competent, it states that the VA may appoint a fiduciary to handle future benefit payments. Frankly, if I were in disability status and even if I were truly incompetent, the last organization I would want making my personal decisions for me would be a government bureaucracy.

Michael Connelly, Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation, is looking into the matter and has indicated that he has been advised by many more veterans who have received the letter. He has a commentary on line currently about this at the USJF website.

But I’ve saved the best for last, and I think this gets to the real reason for the action. On page two it states: “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)”. The full text of the letter can be viewed at the website

How’s that for the Veterans Administration taking care of our veterans? And what is the specific basis for the evaluation? What about the rights of the veteran to know what the reason is for this type of treatment? Doesn’t such a step require legal action, not administrative action by a bureaucrat under the employ of the Obama administration?

It just seems more than a coincidence that the Obama administration is pushing this type of process, or bullying to be more precise, at the same time that the entire gun control issue has been foisted upon us. And I think it is telling just what his plans are for all Americans who are not part of the political elite. After all, who knows if the same letter won’t soon be tried by both the Social Security Administration and Medicare. They would merely say that people beyond a certain age, regardless of health, are too old to possess weapons for their protection.

Americans of all stripes should vigorously speak out against this moral outrage. If someone is truly not capable of handling things, there are clear legal steps to deal with the situation. But for the government to use a heavy handed and most likely unconstitutional trampling on rights should not go unchallenged. Speak out forcefully, bring this to the forefront of the public’s knowledge and draw a line in the sand. America can’t afford to continue to let our rights fritter away. Once lost, it is nearly impossible to gain them back.

Michael Connelly and the United States Justice Foundation deserve sincere thanks from all of us for rising against this challenge and we must support his efforts. We cannot allow America’s finest, those who have sacrificed much pain and economic loss, to be treated in a manner more likely associated with the old Soviet Union than the United States of America.

America, it’s all up to us. It’s not up to the government, for they want to control us, and we can’t sit back and wait for someone else to get involved. We must rise to the occasion. When we do, peacefully, but with strength of numbers, we will find that despots, when ultimately challenged directly, are really nothing more than a Wizard of Oz.

One Response to Is This Any Way To Treat Our Veterans?

  1. @dtorev March 10, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    This is outrageous! I am a vet myself and I am offended by this attempt to cheat vets out of their right to own a firearm.


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