2nd Amendment and Fighting the VA
Written by Erika L Rich on October 30, 2012
The original subject of this message was The VAs abuse of the fiduciary program, and the denial of veterans 2nd Amendment Rights under the Constitution of the United States of America. It is a personal appeal from a friend of mine, Tim Heald. You can follow Tim at http://intolerable-acts.org/
As many of you know I have been struggling with the VA over the fiduciary program and the 2nd Amendment. Specifically over the lies they are telling vets that are added to the fiduciary program. I have been unable to ascertain who is even responsible, much less have my grievances addressed. As such I’ve decided to go outside the VA to attempt to rectify the situation. Today I contacted the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs. This is what I sent them through Facebook, email and the form on their web site:
Gentlemen and woman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs,
My name is Timothy Heald. I am a 100% disabled veteran, a prior service Infantryman, Paratrooper and Long Range Surveillance Senior Scout Observer. I served in the Army and the Army National Guard for a total of 8 years, with 2 deployments. I ETS’d from service in Feb. 2006.
I recently received a letter from the DVA informing me that I had been found incompetent to handle my funds, and had been assigned a fiduciary. While I disagree with this decision, that is not the primary cause of my decision to write to you today.
My motivation for instigating this discussion is located in the 4th paragraph of the letter I received notifying me of this decision. That paragraph states:
“As we advised you previously , the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act prohibits you from purchasing, possessing, receiving or transporting a firearm or ammunition based upon our determination that you are incompetent to handle your VA funds. You may be fined and/or imprisoned if you knowingly violate this law.”
Since receiving this letter I have done significant research into the issue, the fiduciary program, and the Brady law itself. I have found that this is not what the law actually says, and that the VA’s decision does not meet the standards required for the law to apply anyway.
In order to ensure I was correct in this opinion I have contacted multiple attorneys and members of law enforcement at the local, state and federal level. All of them have said the same thing, the VA is exceeding it’s
mandate, and is in effect lying to veterans and denying them their rights under the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America. The very constitution that each of us has sworn to protect and defend.
In order to rectify this error I started by contacting the Office of the Inspector General for the VA. There I was told that they would not be involved in correcting this mistake, and that I should contact the VA’s General Counsel. After calling the General Counsel I was told to contact the Regional Counsel. I have been contacting the Regional Counsel for a lengthy period of time now, leaving messages as no human answers the phone, and have not been contacted in return. As I was unable to move forward with my attempt to redress grievances through what I have been informed is the appropriate channels, I have additionally contacted local and regional VA patient advocates and service organizations in an attempt to find someone, anyone, that can work with me to either rectify the mistakes that are being made, or explain to me what the legal justification for my denial of my individual rights is. I also recently purchased a new handgun in order to prove that I am not in the NICS.
I am not a felon, nor am I homicidal nor suicidal. I have never been accused of domestic abuse, nor have I been adjudicated mentally defective in a court of law, or held in a mental hospital against my will. Those are the points that the law requires in order to deny one their rights to keep and bear arms.
I hope that someone on your Committee can help me come to a morally, ethically and legally sound conclusion to these events. I can be contacted either through Facebook and this account, at 910-978-5999, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the mail at 4400 Logwood Lane, Columbus, Ohio 43228.
While commenting on these issues publicly, here on Facebook, and on my blog Intolerable Acts, someone took it upon themselves to contact law enforcement about me and make outrageous and untrue claims. Since that point I have been the subject of police surveillance and intimidation, to the point that my neighbors have been told outright lies about my state of mind, and my actions, as well as having been told that I had warrants that do not exist.
Thus far I have been completely unable to find out what or who instigated the contact with law enforcement, yet no investigation is on going by the Columbus Police Department in to what is almost certainly filing a false report in the least.
Ma’am, gentlemen, please; someone take a look at this issue, read the pertinent laws and get back to me. If things are as I believe, it is a travesty that thousands of veterans are being mislead as to their rights.
Thank you for reading.
America, first, last and always!!!
Timothy James Heald
Please, please, please; share this far and wide. Contact them yourself, and tell them you’re concerned. Go to the following points of contact and don’t stop until we get an answer. This isn’t just happening to me, but to thousands of returning veterans.
I’m adding links to the ways to contact them below: