These U.S. Cities Are Failing to Take Care of American Veterans

The transition from military life to civilian life can be a difficult one for many veterans. Sometimes they need assistance with that transition and things like finding a home, healthcare, and a job. According to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are around 20.4 million veterans living in the U.S. and with the reported numbers of homeless and unemployed veterans as well as veterans committing suicide, it’s pretty evident that America needs to do better supporting the men and women who served for us.

A study from Wallet Hub took a look at how America’s biggest cities are helping care for our veterans based on a variety of factors including affordability, availability of military skill-related jobs,  and availability of quality healthcare. These ranking factors fell into four main categories: jobs, economy, quality of life, and health. The following U.S. cities earned some of the lowest marks and are the worst areas for veterans to live in.

16. Fort Wayne, Indiana

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  • Overall score (out of 100): 45.78

Out of all the factors considered, Fort Wayne scored fairly low in three of the four main categories. The city ranked particularly low for health coming in at No. 87 out of 100, which is pretty unsurprising since the 2018 star ranking of VA hospitals placed Fort Wayne at just 2 out of 5 stars. The 2018 ranking was a decrease from its 2017 3-star score. It’s not all bad news. As of 2017, the number of homeless veterans had declined earning the city a much higher rank for economy — No. 45 out of 100.

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