The best and worst states for military retirees – and where Pa. stacks up | Tuesday Morning Coffee
Good Tuesday Morning, Fellow Seekers.
We’re going to keep the Memorial Day vibe going on this first day after the bank holiday weekend by taking a dive into some data by our friends at WalletHub.
Pennsylvania, as you no doubt know, has a rich military history – from the American Revolution and the Whiskey Rebellion through the Civil War and World War One.
And here in Central Pennsylvania, you can’t walk far without running into someone who’s stepped up, volunteered and did their time for the nation.
So we can’t help but wonder: With that rich legacy, how does Pennsylvania stack up as a place for military retirees?
Thankfully, the wonks at WalletHub have done that work for us. They measured three criteria: Pennsylvania’s economic environment; its quality of life and the quality of the healthcare it provides for military retirees and all citizens.
The analysis also included “29 key metrics, ranging from veterans per capita to number of VA health facilities to job opportunities for veterans,” WalletHubnoted.
As we reported a few weeks back, lawmakers in the state House and Senate, along with Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, have gotten behind, and passed, what’s being referred to as the ‘PA GI Bill,’ which “[provides] financial assistance for up to 10 semesters, or five years’ equivalent of the in-state rate of PA State System of Higher Education schools.”
Pennsylvania finished 23rd on the WalletHub ranking, right in the middle of the national pack, with an overall score of 50.43. It ranked 45th for its economic environment; 35th for its Quality of Life rank, and 4th for the quality of its healthcare.
Mouse over the map for state-by-state results:
Here are the Top 5 states for military retirees, according to the WalletHub ranking.
4. New Hampshire
And here are the Bottom 5 states.
1. Washington D.C.
4. New York
Asked what factors veterans should take into consideration when choosing a place to retire, Lt. Col. Michael Wise (ret), now the assistant director for Military and Veteran Services at Eastern Michigan University, had this to say to WalletHub’s analysts:
“There are several opinions out there on the best cities for military members to separate or retire in the US. I believe that when deciding where to retire, one should consider many things: for example, the location of VA Healthcare services, does the state offer tax incentives for veterans?; do public and private healthcare facilities exist that cater to TRICARE Select (retiree healthcare insurance program for spouse and dependents)?,” he said.
“Cities and states that have large military bases in their communities are often recommended to be the best places to retire as the entire community supports the military. For example, San Antonio, TX (Ft. Sam Houston); Killeen, Texas (Ft. Hood), Leavenworth, KS (Ft. Leavenworth), Watertown, NY (Ft. Drum). Great military states are Georgia, Texas, Kansas, and Kentucky,” Wiseconcluded.
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