Before discussing the pros/cons of privatizing the VA, it’s important to understand the history of the VA. The United States has a long history of carrying for her veterans, privatizing is not an easy task. From before the Constitution was signed to today, special care and benefits have been provided to veterans. Those benefits have grown over the decades from disability payments to insurance and educational assistance.
Homes built to maximize sustainability often double as landmarks. It can be awe-inspiring to look at the architecture that lends itself well to the landscape around it, or it can be useful to see how someone balanced conflicting sustainable practices, such as rooftop gardens, rainwater collection, or solar panels.
Why do we not usually take baths in ditches, brush our teeth in lakes, or serve up a glass of ice-cold ocean water? The reason is that there are limited sources of natural clean water sufficient for us to drink. We will likely continue putting massive amounts of river, aquifer, and seawater through intricate water treatment facilities, but a more sustainable and personal method should be implemented.
Whether you are living off the grid, in the suburbs, or in the heart of the city, there are benefits for indoor plants such as improving overall health and producing food. Granted, not everyone lives in a big house or have dedicated sun rooms or greenhouses, but there are ways to participate still! To save space, plants can grow in water or air if low on space by using the Hydroponics or Aeroponics methods. Several off-grid house designs have gardens on the roof to keep the house cooler and maximize sunlight and space.
An estimate published by the National Alliance to End Homelessness says there were approximately 565,000 homeless citizens nation-wide in 2015. According to Utah State University, between 11-14% (62,150-79,100) of those individuals were military veterans. These people are so visible that they eventually become invisible to those passing by. The problem is not only the lack of affordable housing but not being adequately prepared for civilian life.