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As veteran's day draws nearer on November 11th and with the latest news that veteran unemployment across America has dropped to an impressive 2.7%, finance website just released their findings for the best and worst places for veterans to live across America.

The findings were based on 3 main factors they are, veterans' income growth, retiree friendliness, and the availability and affordability of housing. That stated I know for a fact that our city loves our veterans and honors them not with just parades or a day here and there, but by the way we treat our veterans locally.

Just about everywhere you go in west Texas many of our local businesses whether corporate-owned or mom-and-pop-owned, all offer discounts to our veterans. Then there are those days our military men and women are honored with free or discounted meals on days like Veteran's day or Memorial Day. Everywhere you go around here a lot of our businesses show what I call some "Veteran Love."

Furthermore, the above video shows the latest statistics about the best and worse places for veterans to live in the US. I personally was not the least bit surprised to find out that Texas had two of the top five cities in America for veterans to live.

In the top 50 Best Cities in America for veterans to live in, Texas had 10 cities in the top 50. What's even more exciting is that San Antonio, Fort Worth, and Dallas all made the top 50 list.

The Top 10 Best Cities In America for Veterans to Live In

1. Raleigh, NC
2. Austin, TX 
3. Laredo, TX 
4. Madison, WI
5. Tampa, FL
6. Orlando, FL
7. Boise, ID
8. Lincoln, NE
9. Irvine, CA
10. Colorado Springs, CO

The report went on to compare the 100 largest cities across America to see who had the best veteran jobs, and VA health facilities. While conducting the survey researchers discovered that 70% of Americans surveyed said they believed that "most all military families struggle financially."

The surveys sponsor WalletHub went on to study what our veterans are thinking, for example:

  • 71% of military members think the U.S. does not take care of its veterans financially.
  • 2 out of every 3 military members don’t think they should have to pay bills while deployed.
  • 63% of people think firefighters, police, EMS, and other first responders should get the same credit card perks as military personnel.
  • 56% of military members think that poor financial literacy among military personnel is a threat to national security.
    Source: Adam McCann, WalletHub Financial Writer

Interestingly though, our military and veteran families go through the pressures of financial stress and still stand strong to protect the freedom we enjoy today. While I tried with all my might and soul to enlist to serve my country (I wasn't permitted due to having been born with one arm) I am proud of all my family and friends that were able to serve. Thank you to everyone that is or has served.

LOOK: 100 years of American military history

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