Food for Thought
Ok, I am deviating from my usual posts on business consulting to write this article as I am sitting listening to Dr. Ben Carson on this evenings FOX NEWS discussing this country's Homeless problem; such as, those in SF and Seattle with very little creative solutions, nothing personal doctor, and here is my take on solving the problem.
I spent a full month in basic training/boot camp, at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. using tents as shelters, digging latrines, going to mess, doctors, hospitals even church with no real inconvenience and it was actually a healthy life style; so why can't we buy and/or dedicate some land and set up a military compound for these folks?
They already have their tents or we can buy them from them and set up common tents; no class structure unless we do want to appoint a camp leader per neighborhood (similar to platoons or company units).
This military lifestyle will be good for the individual giving him/her a sense of belonging and commanderie they do not enjoy in their present environment. We can even set up and pay the healthy one's as quasi military police or impose mandatory Military Police cycling on our present MP's?
The advantages of this approach are numerous and would depend on volunteers from the medical and other professions but the results would be earthshaking as everyone would benefit from the citizens, store owners, local governments and society as a whole, to name a few.
What would be wrong with re-starting or re-dedicating an old retired military camp (Fort Ord in Northern California, where I spent advanced training would have been ideal but it had been re-dedicated to university level education and other uses)? There must be some still around!
I learned a lot about myself, especially as a college graduate-digging a latrine, standing inline waiting for everything from food to showers. The Military is the best thing to happen to a teenager and should be compulsory once again-under certain conditions. I went on to serve in the reserves for 7 years and to this day love every minute of the time I served.
I could write a whole business plan on this subject if any official is reading this article as the potential is enormous and, who knows we might even witness an emerging entrepreneur or future politician, police-person et al from this group, since many homeless are just victims of bad luck and need a break from society.
Well, enough said to wet the appetites of the more fortunate and military minded, who may be reading this article.
Ronald Mitchellette U S Army Artillery Retired
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This article has been posted for public knowledge and help for our homeless, many of whom are veterans!