Homeownership isn't easy. Veterans know that even upholding the status quo takes a great deal of persistence. That's never more true than in winter, when severe storms threaten to disturb those elements on which the integrity of the home depends. After extreme weather, don't forget to inspect your home's exterior for damage, be it a missing roof shingle or a crack in the foundation. Any such breaks in the building envelope serve as an open invitation to insects and rodents. Make the necessary repairs as swiftly as possible, and remain vigilant in the wake of future storms.