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Most people who serve in the military are forcibly dragged from their hometowns by Uncle Sam and sent to live on or nearby some base in west bumblefuck. Though separating from service can be a challenge, one of the upsides is that you now get to live wherever you want.
On March 13, Veterans United Home Loans, a Department of Veterans Affairs-approved homebuying lender, released its annual study examining the best places for veterans to live based on veteran unemployment rates, cost of living, educational opportunity, and job growth.
So forget cramped New York City and expensive Los Angeles. These are the top five cities for veterans.
5. Plano, Texas
According to Dallas News, Plano is a corporate city with a small-town vibe. Located near Dallas, the city is an easy drive to one of the biggest cities in America, with the culture and night life to back that up. It’s is expected to see 3.43% job growth based on 2015 data, making it a great place for recently separated veterans looking for work. What’s more, it has an incredibly low crime rate, and some of lowest taxes in the nation.
4. Alexandria, Virginia
Alexandria has local town charm but big-city amenities. Nestled directly across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., the city is great for veterans hoping to work in government or seek higher education opportunities at schools like Georgetown, American University, or Johns Hopkins. In addition, there are five nearby VA benefits facilities, so you’ll always be taken care of. Though Alexandria is a little on the pricey side — with a mortgage averaging 36.29% of monthly income — you’re getting what you pay for in terms of safety, convenience, and scenery.
3. Jacksonville, Florida
For veterans, Jacksonville was rated one of the best in terms of percentage of monthly income on rent, meaning it’s super affordable to live there. It has a high educational attainment rate and Florida as a state has the highest percentage of veterans living within it in the nation. Even better, Jacksonville is located within an hour’s drive of a slew of Florida’s idyllic beaches, including Jacksonville Beach, Ponte Vedra, Neptune Beach, St. Augustine, and Atlantic Beach. Seriously, who wouldn’t enjoy that Florida weather
2. Colorado Springs, Colorado
If you like city life, but also enjoy the great outdoors, Colorado Springs should top your list. Colorado Springs has many military personnel who choose to stay in the area after being stationed there. It boasts a number of nationally ranked colleges where you can put your GI Bill to good use. It’s a quiet city with a very low unemployment rate, perfect for veterans who want the convenience of a metropolitan area and the natural beauty of a mountainous region.
1. San Antonio, Texas
Ranked first on Veterans United Home Loans’ list, San Antonio dominates other cities in home affordability. With a high veteran population and decent proximity to Fort Sam Houston Air Base, this quaint city boasts a lot of benefits for recently separated service members, like access to VA benefits, job growth, and low cost of living. Despite its status as the third largest city in Texas, San Antonio maintains a small, old-town feel and charm. And remember the Alamo!
Now you can relive the glory days of screaming "fire for effect" before lobbing rounds down range, and you can do it from the comfort of your own backyard, or living room, without having to worry that some random staff sergeant is going to show up and chew you out for your unsat face scruff and Johnny Bravo 'do.
The leader of a Chicago-area street gang has been arrested and charged with attempting to aid the ISIS terrorist group, the Department of Justice said Friday.
Jason Brown, also known as "Abdul Ja'Me," allegedly gave $500 on three separate occasions in 2019 to a confidential informant Brown believed would then wire it to an ISIS fighter engaged in combat in Syria. The purported ISIS fighter was actually an undercover law enforcement officer, according to a DoJ news release.
My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
Sen. Rick Scott is backing a bipartisan bill that would allow service members to essentially sue the United States government for medical malpractice if they are injured in the care of military doctors.
The measure has already passed the House and it has been introduced in the Senate, where Scott says he will sign on as a co-sponsor.
"As a U.S. Senator and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, taking care of our military members, veterans and their families is my top priority," the Florida Republican said in a statement.