Due to several freak turn of events (loss of job, loss of home, major surgery, tornado) over the last couple years, my wife and I have decided to homestead and live strictly off my military pension. We are in the process of setting up our 7 acre homestead (formerly a cornfield). Between Tricare and a Tricare supplement we're set there. Our children are grown and we have no bills except for the mortgage. The septic and utilities are in, the double-wide has been set on one separately deeded acre, and we're partially moved in. The lawn, pasture and waterways have been seeded, the three bee colonys have been installed (one died off or swarmed), the 1/2 acre market garden is in, all the fruit trees and berry bushes are in nursery pots waiting to be planted, and as soon as I can get a chicken coop or chicken tractor built we'll be getting chickens. Any other retired military homesteaders out there? If so, how has it been going for you? What do you do to make the ends meet?