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Austin Ranks as No. 1 Best City for Veterans to Live


Our veterans face many challenges when re-entering civilian life — 40,000 veterans don’t have homes and unemployment is an issue. According to WalletHub author Adam McCann, “despite Uncle Sam’s promises to provide health care as well as housing, employment and educational assistance upon their return from service, some cannot secure healthcare, jobs or shelter.”

WalletHub conducted research to determine the best and worst places for veterans to live. Austin ranked No. 1 out of 100 analyzed cities, with a score of 74.02, 1.23 points higher than the No. 2 city, Scottsdale, AZ. The cities were scored based off 4 main criteria: Employment, Economy, Quality of Life and Health.

Worth 25 points each, the four topics add up to a total possible score of 100 points. Each category is comprised of subtopics, such as veteran unemployment rate, presence of veteran job fairs, veteran income growth, and quality of VA health facilities.

Because the transition from active military to everyday life can be challenging, Wallethub asked a panel of 3 experts for advice on the transition. These are the questions the panel answered:

“What are the biggest issues facing veterans today?

What factors, financial or otherwise, should a veteran consider when choosing a city in which to live?

How can government help veterans succeed financially? How can policy and programs help veterans better manage their finances?

How should governments and nonprofits help homeless veterans?

How should the VA reform their health care system to better serve the needs of this population? How can veterans evaluate the quality of their local VA health system?”

(The experts’ responses to these questions can be found in the original article)

Adam McCann | WalletHub

Fort Worth and Plano were the only other Texas states to place in the top 20, with No. 12 and No. 6 respectively.

[Via WalletHub]

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