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Why Military Retirees Really Don’t Want to Live in Michigan

Most military retirees want to re-enter the job market when their tours are up – and that’s just one of the factors considered in a list of the best and worst states for them to retire.

Michigan is one of the worst states for military retirees, according to a new study.(Patch file photo)
Michigan is one of the worst states for military retirees, according to a new study.(Patch file photo)

Michigan isn’t the worst state for military retirees – that would be California –but it’s no where near Wyoming, which tops a new ranking from a social media company whose lists are intended to help guide followers through a labyrinth of online financial products.

Michigan came in 45th on WalletHub’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees. The ranking uses comparable data from 50 states and the District of Columbia on 18 key metrics – ranging from taxes on military benefits to veteran job opportunities – that collectively speak to the economic environment, health care services and overall quality of life in each area.

     The 10 Best                                   The 10 Worst

     1. Wyoming                                      42. Arkansas

     2. New Hampshire                            43. Rhode Island

     3. Montana                                       44. Oregon

     4. South Dakota                                45. Michigan

     5. Nebraska                                       46. Pennsylvania

     6. Alaska                                           47. Illinois

     7. Delaware                                       48. Arizona

     8. Kansas                                           49. Indiana

     9. Oklahoma                                       50. New York

     10.Maine                                            51. California

Citing the Congressional Research Service, the authors of the study said the average officer is only 45.2 years old when he or she retires from service – and enlisted personnel are even younger 41.4 years old.

Other key takeaways:

  • Many retirees are still in the job market, and recent Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans in particular may have assimilation issues

  • Rising numbers of veterans are encountering hardship and homelessness

  • Many of today’s veterans find themselves at the juncture of critical public policy issues – nationa security, an aging population and a prodigious national debt – that could affect military retirees’ benefits.

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K. Scott May 22, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Matt, that's the free market. Lat place to go would be Michigan.
RON Ostrodamus May 23, 2014 at 01:26 AM
Would not be surprised if on Memorial Day some homeless vet is chased out of the park just before the ceremony, and this could be anywhere Michigan, or USA.
Glynn Clayton May 23, 2014 at 08:34 AM
Mr Snyder why does the state of Michigan hire foreign people over qualified Americans and over qualified veterans after Snyder said that he was a hiring veteran first? He keeps saying he has order the state to hire Veterans over others. But that a BIG lie like all republicans lies!!! They HATE veterans because most of them are draft dodgers!!!! Ask “Karen Kajiya-Mills, Supervisor, Technical Programs Unit Michigan DEQ - Air Quality Division, 525 W. Allegan Street Lansing, MI 48909 517-335-4874 Office 517-335-3122 Fax kajiya-millsk@michigan.gov” I applied for a job with the DEQ as an Asbestos inspector last November I have 27 years experience in with a BS degree I was told by Ms. Mills that I was not qualified… She haired one person with no experience and one person that I heard was from Canada!!!! Ms Mills did offer me an interview AFTER I filed a complaint and after she had filled the positions and on a day that I told her I would be out of town!!!!
Joseph Borrajo May 23, 2014 at 10:28 AM
War, What is it Good for? P3
K. Scott May 23, 2014 at 03:54 PM
Yes Glynn, The Koch Brothers are running out State via the robots that are in Lansing. The DEQ is in the pocket of the Koch Brothers as well. They are now trying to frack in Rochester Hills. Hopefully everyone wakes up soon or our rivers, streams and lakes will be on fire.

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