This coming weekend is about honoring our military personnel who died serving our country, but we can’t forget about those who retire and return to civilian life.
Even without a pandemic, retirement from the military is always difficult, with many retirees facing major struggles that include post traumatic stress disorder, disability and homelessness.
These veterans must also consider how state tax policies on military benefits vary, along with the relative friendliness of different job markets and other socioeconomic factors, when choosing a state in which to settle down.
In order to determine the best and worst states for military retirement, financial website WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across three key dimensions: economic environment, quality of life and health care.
According to WalletHub’s analysis, the best state for military retirees is Virginia, with a score of 61.05. South Carolina, Florida, South Dakota and Alaska, in that order, round out the top five.
Georgia finished No. 19 overall, with a score of 53.18. Although the Peach State was No. 8 for economic environment — coming in fifth for most job opportunities for veterans — and No. 19 for quality of life, it was No. 34 for health care.