November 8, 2016
Written by Lorra B.
Our Veteran’s sacrifice in ways that most civilians will never know or fully understand and American’s have an obligation to make sure that our brave heroes, home and abroad, have peace of mind about how they will be treated and provided for here at home.
Freedom is not one bit free and our brave heroes selflessly provide daily that freedom for each and every one of us. Voting is not only our right and privilege, it is our duty. Your vote just may help to change many of the difficulties our veterans face every day.
Challenges for our veterans are seemingly without number as they face injuries as well as psychological trauma. Finding a city with military-related jobs, veteran-friendly employment, affordable housing, economic health, and health care can prove tedious for many veterans.
Upon re-entering civilian life, veterans should expect benefits such as help with housing, health care and education but not all cities provide equal assistance with their growing needs.
According to WalletHub, “both unemployment and homelessness have declined for this group — other issues still require attention from various levels of government. Veterans in many cities wait too long — 115 days on average in Phoenix, for instance — to see a mental-health professional, despite a $10 billion effort to expand their access to such care. Thousands this year also lost their GI Bill education benefits as a result of for-profit school closures.”
WalletHub has, from best to worst, rated 100 cities with the worst two being Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ. We, however, will focus on the top 10.
Cities are ranked by 21 factors such as jobs, economic health, and access to the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Texas has four of the top 10 cities for veterans, Laredo, Plano, Austin and El Paso. Scottsdale, Arizona, however, comes in first. Congratulations Arizona!
Other top cities include Colorado, Tampa, California, San Diego and Irvine.
What all the top cities have in common are strong veteran job availability and good veteran quality of life standards.
WalletHub analyst, Jill Gonzalez, stated, “I think one of the key takeaways here is that jobs and economy really play into anyone’s retirement a career – but veterans even more so because they are often younger. They really do need to make sure the job opportunities in whatever cities they are settling down in are good for veterans.”
Gonzalez went on to say, “Employment is so important – especially before you’re settling down in a city, that’s something that you really need to think about before.”
I couldn’t agree more. So, get out and vote. Vote for the person who represents the change you applaud the most and may that include change for our veterans.
Here is a list of the Top 10 cities for veterans and their rankings.
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Written by Lorra B.