2017’s Best & Worst Places for Veterans to Live
From WalletHub, Nov 6, 2017
Veterans often face a host of challenges when re-entering civilian life. Despite Uncle Sam’s promises to provide health care as well as housing, employment and educational assistance upon their return from service, many are denied disability benefits while others cannot secure jobs or shelter.
Where veterans live can contribute to the problem. Although unemployment and homelessness have declined nationally for this group, such issues are simply worse in certain parts of America. In addition, veterans in many cities continue to suffer from long delays in mental-health treatment despite a $10 billion effort to expand veterans’ access to such care. In Phoenix, for instance, a veteran traumatized by the horrors of war must wait an average of 115 days before seeing a mental-health professional. Thousands lost their GI Bill education benefits in 2016 as a result of for-profit school closures.
To help military veterans find the best places in which to put down roots based on their status, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 17 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness. They range from share of military skill-related jobs to veteran income growth to availability of VA health facilities.
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- Rank – 26th
- Score -- 58.44
- Jobs Rank – 12th
- Economy Rank – 98th
- Quality of Life Rank – 6th
- Health Rank – 36th
- Homeless Veterans per Veteran Population – 90th (4th highest)