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There is never any such creation as “the perfect defense” for a house, a business or any other structure, and certainly not for an entire isolated homestead completely off the grid. Such a concept as a “perfect defense” is in every sense of the word, what is deemed scientifically, to be a “statistical impossibility”. That is not to say that it is entirely impossible to create impenetrable defensive measures, or that a homestead defense system will not serve its purpose adequately well, but merely that the odds are so long against such an occurrence, that it is deemed by science and statistics to be so unlikely that it may as well be impossible. We have already seen a great many natural defensive measures that can be put in place to dissuade both the four-legged and two-legged vermin from exploring the homestead, but aside from placing booby traps that may cross legal boundaries, is there anything more that can be done?

Enter the homeless vet. Yeah, that seemingly healthy guy that was trying to get enough change to get something to eat, or maybe to get something to drink to forget about the horrors he has seen. Statistically, one out of every twenty homeless combat veterans will consider or attempt to commit suicide … but is this because they are crazy or because they have been abandoned or merely because they are having major issues adjusting to “civilized society” upon their return? Are these really the kind of people that a homesteader would want or need on their private homestead? How do you avoid finding the “Winter Soldier” or the guy just trying to invoke pity merely because it is an easier way to pursue his career in panhandling?

Hanging out at the VA may not sound like a great way to spend the weekend, but even the homeless vets still require some treatments, and even the homeless vets are still eligible for the VA “treatment” … though that is another story I refuse to get into here. Still, it should be relatively easy to spot the homeless vets around the Veterans Affairs hospitals. These would be the homeless people that are not turned away at the door or do not have the cops called when they try to get inside. The VA also has representatives on site, some of whom may be willing to discuss your situation and your needs, and to help you with selecting a homeless veteran to secure and defend your homestead.

If you can find a person directly responsible for assisting the homeless vets, you may in fact have found the ideal source as they should also have a better indication of which vets are in need of help and support, and even which vets are likely to thrive in an isolated homestead environment. Furthermore, the VA already has the DD214 or discharge papers of the veterans on file, thus ensuring that you are not going to pick up some psychopathic winter warrior who is merely trying to ride the proverbial tails of the honor and respect due to the actual combat veterans.

It is strongly recommended that the homeless vet not be moved out on to the homestead until the homestead owner is able to spend a week or so with this person on the homestead. Temporary quarters should be established to house them in the beginning, but an offer to allow them to work with you to build a more suitable housing unit for them may also be in order. I have never yet had a homeless veteran demand payment, but I have always ensured that they have had a home and utilities with no rent, and supplemented their own income through the provision of foods and other supplies. The actual deal will ultimately have to be worked out by and between the homesteader and the homeless vet, though this will also depend on the limitations and capacities of both in the reality of the homestead scenario in question.

Since I did not pay any actual salary to the vets I have had staying on my personal homesteads or others I have helped to plan, design and build, I have always considered any supplies I took to be granted and never billed them for food or other supplies I took out to them on every trip I made out to the individual homestead properties. Also, while I never made demands in regards to work they may or may not perform, I did always make certain that they had a working knowledge of the homestead and made it known that their contributions would always be appreciated, but never demanded in return for giving them a home. A great many of these people prefer to stay busy, though many will be hesitant to engage in labor that may or may not be necessary or even appreciated. While I let them know I would require their help from time to time, I never demanded or made any expectations either.

There is always some concern that the vets will just up and leave. There are also concerns I have heard from some clients, that the vet may take over the homestead, believing it is their own. In my own personal experience, about the only issue of any real concern I have ever encountered, was the vet becoming the alpha figure for the outside dogs. While it did make it a bit more odd having the dogs I selected barking at me as if I was the intruder on my homestead, there is also the added benefit that those dogs will work in conjunction with the alpha figure and if there is an actual intruder, the veteran will have substantially more assistance than they may otherwise have.

All the hype and hyperbole about saving a life aside, providing a homeless vet with a home is still a great benefit for them, and the right kind of vet, well dug-in on the homestead, could in fact be the difference between coming home to your homestead or digging through the remains of whatever is left after two-legged vermin have done everything they can to ransack and relieve you of everything you have worked so hard for.

When did I first come up with this concept? When someone actually stole my fully operational and functioning water-pumping windmill that filled my retaining pond. It was not long after that when I began looking for homeless vets, though at the time, I got a crazy old coot who was also a veteran of the Korean “police action” … or what we know as the Korean War … and he was with me til the day he died of natural causes … and still pulling his own weight the whole while.


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