As military personnel retire this year, some of whom will be the last American forces withdrawn from Afghanistan, they may find it difficult to readjust to civilian life.
For example, the U.S. is still dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more Americans than World War II did. Plus, the high unemployment rate caused by COVID-19 may stand as an obstacle to any former military personnel looking to get civilian jobs.
Even without a pandemic, retirement from the military is always difficult, with many retirees facing major struggles including Posttraumatic 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 help ease the burden on our nation’s military community, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on their ability to provide a comfortable military retirement. Our analysis uses a data set of 30 key metrics, ranging from veterans per capita to number of VA health facilities to job opportunities for veterans.
Summary: The Motherhood in the Military panel discussion, sponsored by the Veterans History Project, explores the dual roles of mother and soldier through the personal experiences of four service connected women.
This event encourages women veterans to contribute their oral histories to the national collections of the Library of Congress.
Event Date May 06, 2021, Running Time 1 hours 4 minutes 33 seconds Online Format, video image
United Through Reading offers free resources and audio recording to Veteran and military families. Reading together helps connect families.
“I was very excited to be reading to my twin grandkids for their first United Through Reading recorded stories,” said Air Force Veteran Denise M. Jelinski-Hall. “In my heart, I knew they would love the time with grandma reading some of what would become their favorite stories. I also felt like I was making a difference for them during the times of our separation.”
OVER THE GREAT PLAINS — Glance down from the ageless expanse of blue sky into the cockpit of the Air Force’s largest bomber, and the panorama is decidedly more dated — banks of steam gauges quiver above aluminum levers built during the Eisenhower administration, obsolete knobs and dials unused in decades gather dust.From Our AdvertisersAnd much of the rest of the mammoth B-52 bomber is just as antiquated. Vacuum tubes have been replaced with microchips, and the once-standard ashtrays are gone. But eight engines along the wings still connect to the cockpit by yards of cables and pulleys, and the navigator often charts a course with a slide rule.
Editor’s Note: In the 1960s, I used to guard these huge B-52s at Blytheville Air Force Base in Arkansas. I walked around them days and nights, 8 hour shifts, with an M-16 on my shoulder, and my job was Security Police — to stop anyone from coming near the bomber, which was loaded with nuclear weapons. They were always fueled and ready to launch at a moments’ notice, and I can still recall the thundering sound of their jet engines as they took off…