Keeping Your Family Safe While You’re Gone

Whether you have already been deployed or know you will soon be headed off far away from your loved ones, you likely feel a heightened sense of responsibility to them. After all, they have likely become accustomed to your presence, and there are certain areas where they’ll be left to fend for themselves. There are some things you can set in place now to prevent problems from happening later so you can more easily defend the country with your valiant efforts.

Protection From Wildlife

country-homeEspecially if your home is located in a country setting, it’s important to be prepared in the event someone you care for encounters wildlife. Animals such as bears, wolves, mountain lions, and more are on the prowl, and they have the power and ability to inflict serious harm or even death on even the strongest of humans. One of the best tools you can have at hand is bear spray. It only takes one squirt to incapacitate the animal long enough to seek shelter. At, you can check out a variety of products as well as read reviews to help you determine which will be best for your personal needs.

Keeping Intruders Out

According to SGI Canada, a break-in occurs once every 90 seconds in Canada, and in excess of 80 percent of these occurrences take place in broad daylight. These statistics can be scary, but there are some safeguards you can put in place to significantly reduce your chances of your family becoming another unfortunate case including:

  • Making an agreement with everyone in the family that blinds and curtains will be closed during the evening hours
  • Locking all doors and windows before leaving the home
  • Making your home appear occupied at all times by using tools such as light timers and the television
  • Making the investment in a monitored alarm system. There are even products on the market that will allow you to receive video footage of your home in the event the alarm is triggered no matter where you are

Protective Network

social mediaCommunication has never been easier to achieve than it is now. Today, we can chat face-to-face with someone on the other side of the world with ease, and social media sites such as Facebook have enormous numbers of users. While you’re away, create a network base that will be used to keep everyone on the same page. When things just don’t seem right, you can quickly be informed. You can even download apps geared toward keeping families and friends in the loop with satellite tracking that keeps tabs on where each member’s phone is at as long as it’s turned on. You can find several of these useful tools available for download here.

Protecting Home and Country

Our country would not enjoy the many freedoms it does if it weren’t for the brave men and women like you who fight to protect it. However, this doesn’t mean those in your household have to suffer with a compromised sense of personal security and safety. By employing these suggestions, you can protect both your home and your country.

Securing My Family’s Home Before Heading For War

I became a soldier to serve my country, but that does not mean that I would neglect my role as the protector of my family. I may not save them from the emotional stress of seeing someone they love fight in a war, but at least I can protect them physically, by providing a home that will stand through the storm for them on my behalf.

Just before I left for war, I made sure that I put my family in a home that can give them what they need while I am away – a good neighborhood to run to in times of emergency; accessible to important places like the market, schools and parks; quality condition that won’t hassle my wife with repairs; and a price value that is reasonable.

I began my search online, typing in searches for homes for sale in Oxford and homes for sale in Anniston. Bless this technological age for how quick you can search for these things. However, with so many choices presented, ironically, it became more difficult to choose the right one.

A lot claim to be the “perfect home” and it was difficult to decipher which where telling the truth and which were merely doing a great job with their online sales pitch. Of course, I do not want to jump into the next best thing I see just because it had a great sales pitch. I want a surer way to provide my family with the best home.

Feeling the pressure, I realized that looking for real estate for sale is not an easy task and that it would be better if I actually hire a real estate agent in Calhoun County to help me with my dilemma.

That was when I found out about Joey Crews. The wife of a late friend hired this Calhoun County real estate agent and hired him. She said Crews was able to find him the home that his late husband would have wanted for them. It was just too sad that he died in the service of his country and now his memory lives in Anniston’s Centennial Memorial Park and in the home that her wife bought through his service.

Banking on the good reviews by a friend, I also contacted Joey Crews to help me with my search for the perfect home for my family. I was not disappointed. He was quick to offer me several options that had all the elements I needed. All choices where in great neighborhoods and they were all within the budget I gave him. Each home also had clean papers and Joey assured me that he will take care of all legal paperwork as soon as I made my choice.

We chose as a family and to this day, even as I have retired from service, I still remember making the choice like it was yesterday. I am forever thankful for this home that stood firm while I was away.

At War With A Water Heater

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Common Mistakes Made by Water Heater Owners

Most people buy household appliances without fully understanding the capacity of each item. They think they only have to understand the purpose of the machine and how to operate it, and then forget about everything else, like caring for it or assessing its efficiency and performance through the years of use.

Because of the little knowledge that owners have regarding their appliances, particularly water heaters, committing mistakes in handling and overseeing this said household appliance becomes inevitable.

A few of the mistakes are as follows:

  • Relying on warranty programs to fix the water heater whenever it breaks, is a big misconception that companies usually let their clients believe in. you should take time to read the fine prints of the warranty that your water heaters have, so you do not have to rely on it. One can never know when something breaks down. Warranties only cover minimal and inexpensive repairs, but they do not cover repairs for the essential parts of the heater, like the heat exchanger. So, when this is the thing that breaks, and you have not have any plans when this happens, then you did not save up for the repair thinking that it is part of the warranty, then you are up for a big surprise.
  • A lot of people give focus on the brands, thinking that the more expensive and more famous brands are the ones that can last longer, no matter the condition. This is a false notion, because the longevity of a heater, or any other type of appliance for that matter, greatly lies in the hands of the installer or service provider you choose. No matter how great your water heater manufacturer claims their products to be, when not installed in your home properly, it will end up breaking down and having tons of problems.
  • Because water heaters are known to work for years, even decades, some people think that it is not necessary to keep tabs on the newest heaters and save up an emergency fund when the time comes that the heater has to be replaced. Never ever think that you have plenty of time to look for another water heater and you are just waiting for your old heater to break down before you start looking for a new one. These things won’t break down when you do not use them. They will, however, when you are constantly using them, and you use them during the winter. It is during this time when your heater is susceptible to lots of possible causes of damage, including water damage. Now, if you have no back-up plan and your heater breaks down, then you are going to be in trouble as you desperately try to solve your water heater problems in the middle of the cold season.

Here is a video to better understand what mistakes to avoid when dealing with water heaters.

Committing mistakes is inevitable. However, it is great that you are reading this article because it could only mean that you are preparing yourself. Hopefully, you would no longer commit these mistakes and be successful in maximizing the benefits of your home’s water heater.

Rifle Scope Buyers Guide

Buying a rifle scope should not be just about walking into a store and choosing the first one you see. When you are looking for a new rifle scope, whether it is for target practice or hunting, you should make sure that it is something that you are going to be happy with and not something that you are going to spend a fortune on and only have for one season. You are going to want something that is affordable and that is going to last you a few years or more. In this buyerís guide, there are going to be five quick tips to help you choose a rifle scope.

#1 Find The Right Tool For The Job

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You are going to want a scope for what you are using your gun for. If it is just for target practice, you arenít going to want something that is going to blow your target to pieces. You are going to want something that is going to do the job that is needed, so something that is standard and affordable. If you are using your scope for deer or turkey hunting, then this is when you are going to want to get technical.

#2 Figure Out The Magnification Needed

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The magnification defines the scopeís usefulness. The higher the magnification, the more difficult it is going to be to use from unsupported positions, the lower the magnification, the faster and more accurate the shot is going to be. Scopes lower than 10x are going to be better for offhand shooting and shooting at 500 yards or less. Scopes that are greater than 10x are best suited for rifles that are shot at supported positions.

#3 Selecting An Objective Lens Size

This lens transmits the ambient light in order to focus it into an image. If the objective is larger, the lens is going to transmit more light into your eye which means that you are going to be looking at a brighter and clearer image. This may sound like a walk in the park but really, sometimes it isnít. It may seem like a great choice from a brightness and clarity standpoint, but large objectives have a few problems. If you are working with a large objective lens, you are going to need to have it mounted higher over the barrel and action. This will lead to issues with maintaining a proper cheek weld, this will negatively impact your shooting ability.

#4 Pick Out Your Reticle

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There are many different patterns that go from simple center to complex grid patterns. There are duplex reticles that are the most common and are designed to naturally focus your eye towards the center of the scope. The mildot reticle is based off the duplex reticle pattern but has more powerful enhancements. The BDC reticle is more popular than ever these days. This reticle allows for accurate shooting over different target ranges without making scope elevation adjustments. You can find a lot more on reticles here.

#5 Figure Out Your Price Range

If you now have an idea of what you are looking for, now is the time to find a scope that fits your budget. Premium scopes from Leupold, Nightforce, and Schmidt and Bender can cost upwards of $3000 and more. If that is not in your budget, keep looking, There are scopes that are as cheap as $75 that can offer you some of the same things that the more expensive scopes can.
Hopefully these rifle scope comparisons will help you with finding a rifle scope that will suit your needs. Rifle scopes range in quality and price, so make sure you are paying for what you are going to get.

Having Water Damage Information

When you have a mess like this water damage information is good to have

I went to see my friend Bill a few weeks back. He is an old army vet just like myself. That is how we became friends actually. We met while we both still in service. It is just funny how things work out now that we live pretty close to one another. So we stop and visit each other very often. We like to sit around and talk about the old times. Back when everything seemed so simple and easy. If you ever heard our conversations you would pick up quickly that we both miss serving our country, we love our country, and we are God fearing men. We are very proud of all three and we will stand up for each of them no matter what. One thing I like about Bill’s place though is his little man cave that he has at his house. He has everything that any man wants or needs. It is much better than the set-up that I have at my house. I think that is why I am normally going to see him.

His man cave has two really nice leather couches, televisions, and its refrigerator. I mean what else do you really need? He also has all of his military achievement medals on display too. Oh, also he has a bathroom down there. So you do not have to leave at all for anything. He has everything you need to have friends over.

Well, a few weeks ago we had a really bad storm come through our area. I called Bill up one afternoon to see how he was doing. He began to tell me that he had gotten some water damage and he needed some water damage information so he decided to call a water damage company in Alabaster. They came out to his place the very next day he said. He told me that they did an awesome job for all his water damage and mold damage. I really did not think too much of what he was telling me.

A few days later I stopped by Bill’s place expecting to see a little mess. I was shocked when I stopped by his house. He had no mold damage, water damage, and all his valuables were ok. He said it was because of that water damage company I recommended to him. I could not even tell anything had ever happened to his man cave! So I was happy too!

War Vet Works for Plumbing Company in Anniston

War Vet Works for Plumbing Company in Anniston

I heard a great story the other day from a close friend. He was telling me about his son. He just got back from serving our country and he was getting out of the military, which is a big transition for anyone who is going to enter the civilian life. It can take some time for us to adjust to the new lifestyle. Also some guys just really do not have a problem with the adjustment at all. These are the lucky guys. The ones who can fit right into the civilian life and have no worries.

Well, he was telling that his son was looking for a civilian job and was having a hard time finding one. After a few minutes of thought, we both came up with a solution for his son. He could work as a plumber. I knew a great plumbing company in Anniston he could work for too.

After a few phone calls, the kid got a job with the company. I knew he would fit right in there at C Mac Plumbing. The owner is a great guy and he is awesome at what he does. I know the kid is pretty good at working with his hands and will learn real quick on they do things there. He is learning from one of the best in the area. Of course, my first choice would always be C Mac Plumbing. I have used them many times in the past. They have always done an amazing job. They also have the best prices around the area. I checked around a lot. There is no one out there that can beat his prices at all. You cannot beat a low price and quality work.

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This C Mac plumber can instal this toilet in no time!

It is always good to hear of a vet doing good for himself after the military. Being a plumber is a good honest profession to always get in. You also can make a good living doing it too.


War Story 5: A Veteran Applying For Seniors Travel Insurance

A Veteran Shows Value For Second Life Through Seniors Travel Insurance

When people hear the title “veteran soldier,” they show admiration and genuine appreciation for the person bearing the title. This is because they are the few people who chose to protect the country, at the expense of putting their own lives in danger.

However, for me, as one of those “veteran soldier” title bearers, the acknowledgement means a different thing. To me it means that I am given a second chance at life.

When I chose to be soldier, I considered myself dead. I have accepted the fact that I may never come back. Hence, I fought without fear of death.

Surprisingly, I made it, and I have even reached golden years, hailed a senior citizen of my beloved country.

I never imagined my life could come this far, thus, when it finally did, at first, I did not know what to do.

I was depressed for a long time, and battle scars are all over me, both physical scars and mental scars. Day by day, I fought my way outside the terror that  I had been.

Be Safe And Avail Seniors Travel Insurance

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A friend has told me that travelling really helps veterans like me. It makes us see the world in a new light, and it makes us see the people and places that we put our lives in the line for.

I took his advice, and I have been travelling ever since. I have reached destinations beyond my imagination. I am more than grateful for this second life that I am blessed to spend travelling the world.

Now that I have reached my senior years, I have proven to myself just how much I really value the second chance at life I had. I immediately applied for a seniors travel insurance, so that I can be sure that no matter what happens to me as I continue to travel this world, I will be insured, and my family will not be burdened by any financial problems, if ever anything happens to me.

My family has been very supportive of my decision to travel, despite my age. They are confident that I will always be safe. They spent their years worrying about me when I was in the war, yet I managed to survive. Traveling the world is a beautiful thing that they do not want to take away from me, after all the trouble I had been through.

If you are like me, a “veteran soldier” in your own right, who fought your battle and won, no matter what that type of battle is, then, I give you my salute. I also suggest that you value your second life as well, and get yourself insured. I have linked the insurance company that worked for me, though you can try other insurance companies like:

Roam Right @ 1-800-699-3845 / or;

Geo Blue Travel Insurance @ 855-481-6647 /

I can’t say much about these two insurance companies because I have no first hand experience with them, but I can say that I am very satisfied with insurance company I chose to work with, Aussie Insurance Critic. They offer other insurance types too, besides Seniors travel.

War Story 4: Victims of War

Most people easily associate war with that of a soldier. How brave soldiers are, how noble it is for them to offer their lives for the service of their country, how touching and heartwarming their stories are, of their loss and their survival.

However, there is more to a war than just the heroes. There are also the villains. Although, one side always claims that the other side is the villain. Simply put, terrorists believe they are the ones wronged, while government and its soldiers believe that wars are provoked by terrorist. No one can ever win this debate, because two opposing parties amidst a war, will fight for what they believe is right, regardless of how far the damage would be.

Of course, there is a third view point to the story. Everyone should start realizing that wars are not just about a match between two powers, it is also about the victims – the innocent children whose houses were destroyed because of a bombing, the mother’s who risk their lives to try and save their young ones, the farmers, the teachers, the people who want nothing to do with war, but are caught up in it anyways, because people of power forgot they mattered, or are so blinded into thinking they are waging war for them, when in fact the war is only hurting and killing them.

A lot of philosophies and opinions on war will surface, and not one will be declared the most rightful reason to start a war, but these things happen, and they are there to stay if people do not back down.

I am one of those victims, and while it was one of my most traumatic experiences, it also helped me help myself. How? Because it made me realize that my life could end anytime, anywhere. Hence, I should not leave room for regrets and I should do whatever it takes to enjoy the life I have.

After surviving a time of crisis that was brought about by war, I relived my life. In my new life, I feel like a new person. I changed my views on life, I changed perspective, heck, I even changed lifestyle and eating habits.

Right now, I may be far from any war, but my fear has never left me ever since. The fear of death makes you want to live life longer, that is why I have changed myself completely. Before, I eat what I can and drink beer and get drunk, abuse myself and my body, thinking that I won’t die anytime soon anyways. But now, I keep a caveman diet shopping list in order to make sure I only buy healthy and organic foods that a Paleo diet suggests. I have changed lifestyle completely, because I have been in the brink of death, and I don’t want that anymore.

While war may happen and people may die even when they live a good life, it is still different because at least, you can say, that while you live, you have given your best to live the good life, and not waste life on things that could only hurt you and make you regret.

War Story 3: The Life of A Soldier’s Daughter

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Being a daughter of a soldier has never been an easy thing to live with. Other teens my age see me as someone to fear, not just because my mother is in the army, but also because they believe that I would fight back because I have the genes of a warrior. They even see me as a privileged person because I receive special treatment from the government since my mom happens to serve the country. Some even go as far as envying me.

Now, I know that what my mother does is her duty to the country, but still, my situation is not something to be envied of. Everyday, I come home to our house, hoping that my mom has come and will tell me she is not going to leave me again. It’s difficult to live with the idea of your mother and the possibility of her never coming back. Yet, I have to.

There was even a time when I got into a hit-and-run accident. Good thing the driver was not really driving that fast. Turns out he was just learning how to drive. But he hit me and I was injured, and we had to hire a Tampa injury lawyer so that my hospitalization could be compensated.

All the time I was in that situation, my mother never knew about it. She cried when she finally did, and I was already okay then. I told her there was nothing to worry because our relatives and the lawyer was a very big help.

It is a good thing that I have friends who are in the same situation as I am. All our parents or at least one of them, are out in the battlefield. We live in the same neighborhood and we have the housing programs for soldiers to thank for. This is not a compulsory thing. This is just an option for those soldiers who wish that their family be in a location where access is easier. Also, we never were really financially well before my mother joined the army so this was like a bonus for us. The houses in the program are well constructed. As soldiers risk their lives for the country, they expect the people they leave their families behind to provide utmost safety and security for the love ones they had to leave.

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My friends, who are also daughters and sons of soldiers, are grateful for how we are all treated here in the area. While we all agree that none of us wanted this luxury for all we wished was that we had our parents with us, we are still thankful for the care they provide us.

I don’t mean to be selfish when I said I wished my mother won’t go back to her duties, someday. But it is an honest dream. After all, life is so much relaxed and happier if you have your loved ones nearby. But it really does not mean I hate where I am today. In fact, when I finish school, I plan to train for the army as well. It’s just a matter of serving and giving back what has been given to me and my family. It may be a lonely path to take, but it is a brave and humble path, nonetheless.


War Story 2: Losing a Loved One

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By Christana Gammell After my husband was sent to the battlefields of war because of his duty as a soldier, our house has never felt lonelier and emptier. Worse, during his first months of leaving also made it much more complicated for me to live and handle all daily responsibilities. Now, I not only have to be a mother, I also have to be a father. Indeed, it was not an easy feat, and it was the reason that I kept asking my husband to leave the army and allow our family to live a normal life. However, some men are just destined to become soldiers, and my husband is one of those few, brave men.

As if it was not difficult enough to deal with the sorrow of seeing my husband leave for his duty, the news of losing him in war was beyond imaginable pain and agony. I already felt alone when he went to fight, imagine the loneliness I felt after hearing the news that he died in his service. Sadness could only overpower you so much. At those moments in my life, I was so scared and petrified that I had an emotional breakdown. Good thing there were organizations that showed support for families like ours; for families who had to suffer the inevitable loss of a loved one because of service for the country.

Years has passed since that tragedy and now I have come to live in a more relaxed pace. I became stronger in the thought of my children, and how my husband asked me to take good care of them for his sake. I continue to be the best mother that I could be for my children. I show them all undivided love and attention, to compensate for their loss of a father.

While I could manage to do all tasks that mothers naturally do, I also do some tasks that normally done by fathers. I did not want my children to feel sad about that fact always so I make it a point to do manlier things without complaint.

My family and I continue to live our lives, for my husband’s sake. What keeps us going on is the fact that we may not have him with us anymore, but at least we could all be proud that he died a hero.