Veterans often face a host of challenges when re-entering civilian life. Despite Uncle Sam’s promises to provide health care as well as housing, employment and educational assistance upon their return from service, many are denied disability benefits while others cannot secure jobs or shelter.
Where veterans live can contribute to the problem. Although unemployment and homelessness have declined nationally for this group, such issues are simply worse in certain parts of America. In addition, veterans in many cities continue to suffer from long delays in mental-health treatment despite a $10 billion effort to expand veterans’ access to such care. In Phoenix, for instance, a veteran traumatized by the horrors of war must wait an average of 115 days before seeing a mental-health professional. Thousands lost their GI Bill education benefits in 2016 as a result of for-profit school closures.
To help military veterans find the best places in which to put down roots based on their status, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 largest U.S. cities across 17 key indicators of livability, affordability and veteran-friendliness. They range from share of military skill-related jobs to veteran income growth to availability of VA health facilities. Here are the top 20.
|2||Colorado Springs, CO||72.29||16||6||1||44|
|3||Virginia Beach, VA||68.36||38||1||2||52|
|9||San Diego, CA||64.52||45||65||9||19|
|11||Fort Worth, TX||64.07||35||2||39||24|
|13||Oklahoma City, OK||62.52||21||13||11||64|
|15||St. Petersburg, FL||62.09||55||56||20||15|
|18||San Antonio, TX||61.40||56||7||23||39|
Here are some things to do this weekend to honor our Veterans:
Honor Our Patriots
November 9, 11am
Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus
450 Beverly Court
Spring Hill, FL 34606
In observance of Veterans Day, representatives from veterans Affairs will be available to discuss veterans benefits. The event includes a presentation about the Veterans Affairs Retreat Program. Refreshments will be served.
Saluting Our Veterans Dental Day
November 10, 7am
Mai Family and Sedation Dentistry
7214 State Road 52
Hudson, FL 34667
Dr. Thanh Mai and his staff, along with other dental professionals, will volunteer their services to give either a cleaning, filling, extraction or denture/partial repair to the first 150 active, reserve and retired military members and their immediate families. No appointments will be scheduled; the service will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Early arrival is recommended to assure a spot in line. Military ID and a photo ID are required.
Senior Circle for Veterans
November 10, 8am
Bayfront Health Dade City
13100 Fort King Road
Dade City, FL 33525
In celebration of Veterans Day, Bayfront Health Dade City and Gulfside Hospice invite veterans and their guests to attend this Senior Circle event (in Medical Plaza I, Classroom 108). The event includes a complimentary breakfast and a pinning ceremony for all veterans in attendance, provided by Gulfside Hospice as part of the We Honor Veterans program. There will be a moment of silence in remembrance of all fallen veterans. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. When making reservations, provide the veteran's name, branch of service, length of service, contact phone number and number of guests attending.
Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade
November 10, 10am
James A Haley Veterans Hospital
1300 Bruce B Downs Blvd
Tampa, FL 33612
James A Haley Veterans Hospital, 13000 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, will hold a Veteran's Day ceremony and parade from 10 a.m. to noon on Nov. 10. The event will feature Tampa Bay's finest marching bands, organizations and community members. Col. Cary Harbaugh, director of U.S. SOCOM Warrior Care Coalition, will speak at the ceremony. For more information visit https://tinyurl.com/y8bafnrh
Veterans Day Exhibit
November 10, 10am
West Pasco Historical Society
6431 Circle Blvd
New Port Richey, FL 34652
With informative and educational exhibits and displays honoring the military.