August Veteran’s Corner

August Veteran’s Corner

Welcome Back! Let’s jump into what is going on in this issue. In this issue, we will be discussing preparing for the unpreparable, stress factors, and self-sufficiency. So, let’s get this briefing started!

How in the ever-loving hell do you prepare for the unpreparable Bearded Veteran?

There are many factors that enable you to prepare for the unpreparable:

  1. Remember your training. Every one of us regardless of whether or not you served has training in at least one area where we consider ourselves excellent.
  2. Build a coalition. Your family members, neighbors, friends, etc. that can add to your plans for uncertainty. For example, a tree falls blocking your driveway and the only way out. Start reaching out to your coalition and see who is willing to pitch in and help out, more people will show up than you expect.
  3. Include your family in your plan. Nothing sucks worse when planning than when something unexpected happens, and it always does. If necessary, assign tasks to all family members and help where you can, make a certain place a rallying point if you get separated. An upset toddler that has to go to Grandma’s house for the next week may mean a meltdown that can make a situation even more stressful, but if they are old enough to understand that if x, y, or z happens they are going to go stay at Grandma’s may make the transition easier.
  4. Share your plans only with those who need to know them. This is just general safety to make sure that your family is protected regardless of the situation.
  5. Have a contingency plan, just in case, everything goes wrong. Bearded, why are we talking about preparing and planning in July? We are discussing it because schools may or may not reopen in the Fall, layoffs and furloughs are going to continue for at least the near term, and finally because it is never bad to have a plan to fall back on when things seem like they are swirling out of control. Jobs may be starting back up soon or may close back up soon, we may have to go into another quarantine as cases start to spike across the country.

I hope that all of you had a great 4th of July, regardless of where you were or whom you were with. I hope that the only stressors on America’s day of celebration were eating too much.

Yet, I myself am not a huge fireworks fan and I am assuming that some of you aren’t either and have been edgy since the holidays. Maybe it was all the family over and hoping everyone had a good time or you cooked for two days straight and weren’t sure everyone would like your new seasoning. Maybe it was too many cooks in the kitchen and finding time to relax was next to nil, the list could go on and on. Regardless, they are stressors and factors into how you relate and react to your family especially in this time of such closeness due to so many restrictions in place.

So, what do we do about these stress factors? The simple answer, be a little selfish, within reason, with your time. That can be taking a day to go hiking or going fishing, let some rounds fly downrange. Regardless, have fun, be safe, and take your time to listen to nature around you, it is the best thing for the soul.

Finally, as we wrap up, I want to talk briefly about self-sufficiency just because of the constant issues we have all seen at our local grocers and even Walmart.

What if I told you that you could raise enough food on a quarter acre to feed a family of four? Learning the skills may someday save your life! Learn to plant vegetables and other ground crops look at keeping chickens or if you have a few acres a cow or two. Pigs are also a great option for a small farm. But, imagine the difference that your grocery bill could see just in vegetables! I want you to know that you guys are keeping these articles coming and I am looking forward to your feedback. If you have a subject that you would like for me to expound upon leave me a pithy message and let’s see what we can come up with!

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-Bearded Out

William Bradley

William Bradley

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