Veterans Independent Living Operation (VIL-OP)
(Wilderness Occupation Learning Facility)
There are veterans all over America who for a number of reasons are homeless, disaffected, and disenfranchised by society. We have an idea how to address this problem and not just complain about it. These veterans just need an alternative to the traditional vocational path, something that allows them to live independently and with self-respect. One alterative path is small scale mining. Participants in this program will learn about the independent earning potential of mineral exploration and extraction. Additionally, they will gain the knowledge of their rights under 1872 mining law to inhabit property and profit from the mineral resources of the earth. The veterans who are homeless or disabled veterans are our main focus, but any veteran availing them-selves of the training would be welcome.
The initial goal of the program is to take 8-16 Veterans at a time out to a remote mining camp and train them in modern placer mining techniques and technologies. Using historical mining data, and the knowledge of the legal process to locate, investigate, and claim their own mine are skills every participant in this program will leave with. Owning a mining claim is the least expensive method of acquiring true independence that is available to United States citizens. The owner of a mining claim is able to establish a modest / temporary domicile and on his/her claim.
The guiding philosophy of this program is to train and encourage independent and self sufficient living to homeless/disabled or otherwise disenfranchised veterans. This is not a job training (We do not train people to be dependant on an employer but to be truly independent) or a detoxification center. Hard work and a common goal are the two galvanizing forces that will bring change to the individual lives of those who participate in this program.
This program is not for everyone, the trainees will be in a remote wilderness with little contact to civilization for long durations of time. Also anyone who is looking for a hand out or believes they deserve something for nothing should defiantly avoid this program. That being said, this training is open to any and all veterans of US military service (vetted with their DD-214 and background check).
The training will be structured on a decidedly military flavor both for familiarity to the veterans and the rapid squad/team bond that environment nurtures. Most material and equipment will be military surplus for cost effectiveness and some knowledge of the equipment by the veterans. Camp life will be drug free and dry (no alcohol) and regulated with a well defined and simple rule set and fair disciplinary procedures. The final decision on camp disciplinary issues falls to a peer based review board. Trainees will be issued everything needed for their training rotation to include but not limited to; uniforms, boots, bedding. The remoteness of the training area and a zero tolerance policy in the camp negates the opportunity to pursue negative habits.
Mining methods to be taught will be mostly small scale hand mining; Hi-banking with sluices, a small scale commercial placer operation, and suction dredging. Prospecting techniques such as electronic prospecting, topographical map reconnaissance, physical signs and sampling methods of mineralization deposits of prospective claim sites will be taught.
The complete training rotation is projected to be 8 weeks in length. The 8 week rotation cycle will allow up to 4 groups to train a year with sufficient repair and recovery time between cycles. This training cycle is more than sufficient to train any individual in the mechanics and processes to be independently capable of owning and operating their own placer mine.
Veterans who complete their initial training will be given the option of a second training evolution. The purpose of this additional training would be to qualify that individual to train other veterans as camp cadre and then if they desire to run an satellite wolf camp with logistic support from VIL-OP. We believe that this program could and will become self-replicating.
Trainees would receive an initial issue of field gear for their use during training and will be theirs to keep upon completion of the course and will be awarded basic prospecting tools and assistance finding employment with partnered mining companies. The individuals who complete a second training evolution will be teamed with fellow graduates and will build and operate a satellite Wolf Camp receiving logistic support from VIL-OP.
The Environment is important to us all on this small planet, and recognizing that fact we shall adhere to basic sustainable environmental practices. A used vegetable oil collection and conversion plan to produce bio-diesel for use in military multi-fuel engines will cut exhaust emissions to near zero. Small scale solar and wind electrical generation should and will be employed to offset I.C.E. generator use. Environmental issues pertaining to mining will be covered in the course of training, but the overreaching intent of that is; as one would finish extraction operations then they will spend the time to fill the wounds of the disturbed Earth and too make the land as it was or as close as possible.
All program participants will receive Search and Rescue training. In the event of an emergency and the local authorities need additional personnel we will be ready, able, and willing to provide assistance. In addition to S&R service WOLF camp will schedule time to host the families of fallen service members for vacation/regrouping in a supportive and tranquil environment.
Code of conduct
1)All persons participating in the program will show each other respect in tone and action.
2)No alcohol or recreational drug use will be tolerated.
3)All trainees will follow all lawful instructions given by camp cadre.
4)Physical contact of any kind should and will be avoided while in camp
5)Trainees will actively participate in scheduled camp activities
Violators of this code will be disciplined by peer based board made up of trainees; camp cadre will enforce the board decision. The punishments will start with restriction on personal time and end with banishment from camp. The punishment will conform to our code of conduct.
V.I.L.-Op. Individual - Trainee Equipment Load out
1 Duffle bag 1
2 Field jacket 1
3 BDU Pants 3
4 BDU Shirts 3
5 BDU boony hat 1
6 DCU Pants 3
7 DCU Shirts 3
8 DCU boony hat 1
9 Rain gear (ECW) 1 set
10 T-Shirts 7
11 Skivvies 7
12 Socks 7 pr
13 Boots, Black 1 pr
14 Boots, Tan 1 pr
15 Sweat suit 1 set
16 Shorts, workout 1 pr
17 Ruck sac 1
18 Sleeping bag 1
19 Sleeping pad 1
20 Toiletry kit w/towel 1 kit
21 Canteen w/cup 1
22 Mess kit 1 set
23 Duty belt 1
24 Gloves, work 1 pr
25 Entrenching tool 1
26 Helmet / hard hat 1
27 Safety/sun glasses 1
28 Flashlight 1
Point of Contact
DFO Robertlyn Schultz
1338 So. Lowell
Santa Ana CA 92707