Known as the “Golden state,” California has been the land of opportunity since the days of the gold rush. With much to offer in terms of gorgeous weather, sweeping landscapes, great wine, and one of the nation’s largest veteran populations in the nation, California is a location that transitioning service members will want to consider as they plan their post-military course of action.

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If you’re a veteran looking for a job in Texas, you’re not alone. With nearly 2 million active duty, veteran, guard, and reservist service members living within its borders, the Lone Star state has the second highest number of military and veteran residents in the United States. Everything that you’ve accomplished in the military should be recognized and respected by your employer — that’s why we’ve compiled this list of 10 veteran-friendly companies that are currently hiring in Texas.

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On May 5, the Joining Forces initiative — a nationwide effort calling on all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families — announced that 40 companies have pledged to hire more than 110,000 veterans and military spouses in the next five years.

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Los Angeles is known for its glitz, glamour and fast-paced lifestyle, as well as its geographical beauty and amazing weather. I mean who doesn’t want to ride a bike on the beach in November? The fairly recent addition of rail transportation and the movement toward outdoor markets that feature local products and organic produce makes the area even better place to live. For veterans who are looking to explore the option of making the Golden State home, there are multiple opportunities to start a post-military career with some very veteran-friendly companies in Los Angeles, San Diego, and the vicinity. From high-level security to computer science or sales, there is something for everyone. Veterans will feel especially at home amid the range of diversity of culture and people that can be found in the area, coupled with a large military presence in greater San Diego.

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As transitioning service members consider what their lives might look like after the military, many are wondering just where their next adventure will begin. Deciding where to live is a big decision and it’s worth considering whether relocation should be part of your career plan.

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