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12 Best U.S. Cities for Military Veterans

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With the approach of Veterans Day, Nov. 11, WalletHub notes that some 20 million veterans currently live in the U.S.

Many veterans confront a host of challenges when they reenter civilian life, notwithstanding the federal government’s promises to provide health care, housing, employment and educational assistance, according to WalletHub.

Some cannot secure a job, a place to live or health care.

Although veteran unemployment and homelessness have declined nationally in recent years, WalletHub said, citing government data, the unemployment rate has risen during the pandemic and more than 37,000 veterans were homeless even before the outbreak.

Seventy-five percent of Americans in WalletHub’s recent Military Money Survey agreed that military families experience more financial stress than the average family.

To help military personnel reentering civilian life find the best places to settle down that are livable, affordable and veteran friendly, WalletHub researchers compared the 100 biggest U.S. cities across four dimensions: employment, economy, quality of life and health.

They evaluated those dimensions using 20 relevant metrics, and graded each one on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for veterans. Finally, they determined each city’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the sample.

See the gallery for the 12 best cities for military veterans.

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