It is possible to have a conservator or a guardian appointed to protect a person's money without having that person declared mentally incompetent. IMHO doing so imposes less responsibility on the person so appointed than if the individual were declared imcompetent.
Initial research into this issue indicates two things:
- the use of conservator/guardian has not been considered outside of declaring a person mentally incompetent
- the current process used by the VA does not appeear to involve an adversarial judicial hearing but is done "administratively"
On both counts I am more than upset, I am apalled at the way veterans who have sacrificed to ensure our rights are having their rights trampled.