No, the VA is not disarming Veterans for having PTSD

Folks have been flooding my inbox with links to this post from Red Flag News about how Obama’s VA is disarming veterans. I was highly skeptical, and reached out to Jonn at This Ain’t Hell to see if he’d heard anything.

As I suspected, it’s a small, self promoting site trying to gin up traffic (and presumably, donations).

Sometimes, Veterans are declared incompetent, and receive such a letter. But that’s usually a very extreme case.  Examples might be a veteran in a persistent vegetative state, or similar levels of Traumatic Brain Injury, or one who has a long history of homelessness. Your average veteran, even with severe PTSD, won’t be susceptible to being declared incompetent.

Jonn and TSO provide some clarity.

If a guy is to the point where he’s having problems with his finances, the VA (usually under a request from the family) will put a vet in for Guardianship. Again, this is *usually* but not always a request from the family. It wouldn’t be everyone with PTSD, not everyone even at 100%. But what it does is allows VA to pay the family, who in turn has to pay the guys/gals bills. Different things kick in then to ensure the money is appropriately spent. That also is fraught with trouble.

Now, at that time the vet can ask for a hearing, provide evidence, and do all the other happy Due Process stuff.

The change here is that this didn’t automatically send the names to NICS. And in my opinion is probably unconstitutional. The NICS statutes say that the person has to be a threat to himself or others. But the Guardianship thing in VA regs doesn’t say that, only that they are incompetent with regards to handling their money. For years we’ve kept the VA from reporting those names because of the differences. Seemingly they have changed that now. There is a bill to correct that.

The government can declare you incompetent. But they can’t do it without due process.  That’s not to say we shouldn’t keep an eye on the VA or other attempts by the administration to curtail our constitutional rights.

But if you are a veteran, do NOT let this scaremongering keep you from applying for and using the services via the Veterans Administration that you’ve earned.  If you need help with PTSD, or any other assistance the VA provides, by all means, go get it.

4 thoughts on “No, the VA is not disarming Veterans for having PTSD”

  1. I checked it out with a couple of vets with PTSD, and they have not heard anything from the VA, either. Nice to see someone else fact-checking the internet rumors.

  2. I checked since my BIL is being evaluated for VA disability. But I have to wonder about the due process, considering this administration is fine suspending it feels like it.

  3. I received my letter from the VA. They said I am financially incompetent because I let my wife pay our bills. They did not mention that I told them the reason my wife pays our bills is because I work for the Department of Defense as a purchaser where I will spend up to $70k a day. They told me that it will not go into any records and it was for VA purposes only. I had a field examiner come to my house to do his filed interview and he told me that everyone he sees is a result of one doctor. Now my security clearance is at risk, my wife’s immigration could be at risk and I have had to sell all my guns because When I called the FBI to find out why I was denied the purchase of one he told me I was not allowed to be in possession of any fire arms. I have been fighting this for 2 years now and no one will help and I cannot find a way to get this off of my record. I have had multiple re-exams and all state that I am competent but I have mild PTSD. But they will not rate me with PTSD or change the incompetent rating. So the statement that the VA will only make them incompetent under extreme cases is not true.

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