Veterans starting the post-service phase of their lives face a unique set of opportunities and challenges.
On the one hand, the post-9/11 G.I. Bill can help with getting a college education. Â On the other hand, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that veterans between the ages of 25 and 34 have unemployment rates nearly 4 points higher than comparable civilians.
Working with USAA Insurance and Military.com, we decided to shed some light on this issue by determining the Best U.S. Cities for Veterans.
Out of 379 major U.S. metro areas, here’s the top 10:
I recently had a great phone conference with members of the Paso del Norte Group, which “promotes the economic, social and cultural vitality of the El Paso region.”
I spoke with Richard Behrenhausen (Gen. US Army, ret.) and David Buchmueller (COO of the PDN Group), who spoke with enthusiasm about the many assets of their city, and even discussed the regions challenges and misconceptions.
For example, most people are aware ofÂ El Paso’sÂ large Mexican sister to the south – Cuidad Juarez.Â Wracked by drug wars and corruption, Juarez recorded over 3,000 homicides in 2010, which is easily the highest murder rate in the world.
Yet just across the Rio Grande river, El Paso remains a world apart.Â El Paso has the lowest violent crime rate in the United States for cities over 500,000 population, with only five homicides in 2010.
Coinciding with Veteran’s Day, we just completed an interesting study about the best places in the U.S. for military retirees to start a second career.Â Since most veterans retire from service in their 30’s or 40’s, they have plenty of timeÂ to start a new professional chapter in their lives.
So what are the best places to enter the civilian job sector?Â To help us find out, we partnered with USAA (a financial services provider) and Military.com (the largest military and veteran membership organization).Â We looked at factors such as affordability, unemployment rate, prevalence of military skill related jobs, and number of veteran-owned businesses.Â But we didn’t stop there.