According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, an estimated 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night—and according to a recently released report by WalletHub, where veterans live can contribute to the problem.
The report noted Phoenix, Arizona as an example, “as a veteran traumatized by the horrors of war must wait an average of 115 days before seeing a mental-health professional.” In addition, “thousands lost their GI Bill education benefits in 2016 as a result of for-profit school closures,” according to WalletHub.
Today, the biggest challenge facing veterans “comes down to post-deployment reintegration, access to adequate and appropriate health care, post-service career services and opportunities, suicide prevention, and support for safe and affordable housing, according to Rachael Dietkus, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
To help military veterans find the best markets to consider calling home, WalletHub’s 2017 Best and Worst Places for Veterans to Live report compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 17 key indicators, from livability, affordability, and veteran-friendliness.
Ranking No. 1 is Austin, Texas, with the lowest veteran unemployment rate across the nation.
Following suit is Colorado Springs, Colorado, Virginia Beach, Virginia, Raleigh, North Carolina, Plano, Texas, with some of the highest veteran populations, fewest homeless veterans, and lowest percentages of veterans in poverty.
Completing the top 10 places for veterans to live are Tampa, Florida, Fremont, California, Seattle, Washington, San Diego, California, and Boise, Idaho.
To view the full report, click here.