Study rates best, worst states for military retirees

Joeseph Kovac, a retired sailor and Veterans of Foreign Wars past commander, salutes one of...
Joeseph Kovac, a retired sailor and Veterans of Foreign Wars past commander, salutes one of many color guards in the John Basilone Parade in Raritan, N.J., Sept. 27. The parade is the largest military parade in the nation and honors Basilone, a native Marine hero. (Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton)(Sgt. Randall A. Clinton | New Jersey State Library)
Updated: May. 20, 2019 at 9:04 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - With May being Military Appreciation Month and significant military pension changes having taken effect last year, the personal-finance website WalletHub has released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees, as well as Memorial Day facts.

To help our troops plan their years after service, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 29 key indicators of retirement-friendliness toward veterans. The data set ranges from job opportunities for veterans to housing affordability to quality of VA hospitals.

Best States for Military Retirees

  1. Virginia
  2. Florida
  3. Maine
  4. New Hampshire
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Alaska
  7. Minnesota
  8. South Dakota
  9. Idaho
  10. South Carolina

To read the full report and see where Mid-South states rank, click here.

Memorial Day 2019 Facts:

96 – Number of members in the 116th Congress who have served in the U.S. military.

25 – Number of American cities that have claimed to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.

818 – Number of hot dogs consumed every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day (seven billion total).

20 to 80 Percent Off – Discounts shoppers can expect during Memorial Day weekend sales.

$139+ Million – Estimated value of items that will be lost this Memorial Day weekend.

To view the full infographic, click here.

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