Best Cities For Veterans To Live And Work

For most active-duty military personnel, where to call home is a decision largely left up to their branch of service. Though troops' desires about where they'd like to be based are taken into account, the needs of the mission are paramount in determining where military employees are based.

When they decide to separate, for many veterans it will be first time they have to seriously consider where they'd like to live and work. That can be a daunting process, especially if they are looking for a city where costs are relatively low, and still offers plenty of employment opportunities.

With these considerations in mind as well as a dozen other criteria, including climate, number of veteran-owned businesses and military pension taxes, USAA and recently compiled a list of the 10 Best Places for Military Retirement, presented in the gallery below. The list has been updated to include more current unemployment rates for each city, based on June data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Where is Augusta, Georgia? Low cost of living, Ft Gordon Army Post, Largest Army Medical Center in the Southeast, VA Medical Center and Rehabilitation Center, employment in private or public sector of technology and manufactoring, and one of the best community based veteran advocacy programs...the Augusta Warrior Project.

September 11 2012 at 10:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

how did Austin make this list??? this is probably the most Anti Military , liberal town outside of Berkley California. Vets are clearly not wanted .

September 10 2012 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Amazed to not see Colorado Springs, CO on this list. Home to five military installations and many Defense contractors, fairly low cost of living, affordable housing, world-class medical care, and low taxes...not to mention the recreational opportunities!

September 10 2012 at 9:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have found many buinesses in the USA VERY supportive of "Veterans". As a canadian traveller, I once checked into a Best Western; on checking in, I was asked re a varuety od memberships AMA,AARP etc. I had none of these "how about retired Veteran (from Canada)" I asked, I ptovided relevant proof and got AN INSTANT 25% discount! From that point on, I have asked throughout my travels and have been given awesome discounts, even at a Denny's in Santa Fe when my wife asked just for the heck of it because there was an offer of 20% for AARP members - we were given the same discount. After being at so many places where we were not welcome, this has been a great "gift" - many thanks to small buasiness that support troops!

September 10 2012 at 4:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All Vets need to know this....
see youtube --- CIA Asset Susan Lindauer Can Now Speak 10 years after 9-11.
Yeah, they did it. All troops exposed to depleted uranium, and more.

September 10 2012 at 4:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Cleveland Ohio has a lot of Vietnam Draft Dodgers in management positions and is not and has never been Vietnam Veteran friendly.

September 10 2012 at 1:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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