EXPLOSIVE -- VA To Veterans: If You're Late Paying Bills, WeWill Prohibit You From Ever Owning A Firearm...
By: Michael Connelly, Constitutional Attorney and UnitedStates Army Veteran
Since I wrote the article titled “Disarming America’sHeroes” I have been inundated with emails and phone calls from veterans and thefamilies of veterans. The horror stories I am hearing are proof that the VA andthe Obama administration have launched an all out assault on the Constitutionalrights of our nation’s wounded warriors and other veterans.
Veterans are being declared incompetent not because theyhave a serious mental illness that makes them a danger to themselves or others,but because they have a physical disability resulting from their service in thearmed forces or because they simply let their spouses pay the family bills.
If veterans have minor issues with PTSD, have expressed thatthey are depressed sometimes, or even in the case of Vietnam veterans admit thatthey are getting older and sometimes forget to pay their bills on time, thebureaucrats at the VA will seek to declare them incompetent. (I am a 65 yearold veteran and often forget where I put my car keys, does that make meincompetent to handle my own financial affairs and even worse mean that I can’town a firearm?) According to the VA it apparently does.
All of this has resulted in America’s heroes being declaredincompetent by a process that blatantly violates their rights to due processunder the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Then, for reasons that have notbeen explained these same veterans are also being denied their Second Amendmentright to keep and bear arms.
Many of the veterans I have heard from were initially bothscared because of what was happening to them, and hurt because it is their owngovernment that is causing this fear. After all, when they joined the militarythey signed a blank check to their country to defend it and its Constitutioneven if it cost them their lives. Yet, now their own government is turning onthem and taking from them the very Constitutional rights they fought topreserve.
However, now something else is happening; the fear andbetrayal that these veterans felt is turning to anger. Their training and instinctsas warriors is coming forth and they are once again prepared to fight for theirrights and the rights of other Americans. I think that the Obama administrationhas picked a fight with the wrong dog. Veterans are fighting back.
As Executive Director of the United States JusticeFoundation (www.usjf.net) I am committed to helping these veterans andprotecting their Constitutional rights. We are putting together a top notchlegal team that is already exploring several potential avenues includingadministrative procedures and a class action lawsuit.
It will be a huge undertaking since we have veterans whohave just received the letter telling them that the VA is considering declaringthem incompetent, veterans who have already been declared incompetent and losttheir Second Amendment Rights, and even veterans who have gotten theincompetence ruling reversed, but are still blacklisted when it comes to buyingfirearms. There will be no charge to any veterans or their families that werepresent. We will raise the money to finance our efforts from private sources.
There are those detractors who claim that the letter fromthe VA is not real even though several reporters have contacted me and saidthey have talked to representatives of the VA and it is confirmed that it issending out these letters. The VA apparently downplays this by saying it is nota big deal. I suggest that to the veterans who are losing their rights it is avery big deal and we intend to join them in the fight.
If you are a veteran or have a friend or family member whois a veteran and has received one of these letters or already been declaredincompetent, please contact me and the USJF. We intend to come out swinging.Our veterans deserve nothing less.
-- Michael Connelly, Constitutional Attorney and UnitedStates Army Veteran