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El Paso in Top 10 Best Places for Veterans to Live

A recent study from personal finance website has identified El Paso as the 6thBest Place for Veterans to Live in 2016.

This latest announcement shows El Paso has jumped up the rankings from last year when the Sun City was named as the 7th Best City for Veterans.

The study compared 100 of the most populated U.S. cities with the goal of identifying the most livable cities for military service members. The key dimensions analyzed include: employment, economy, quality of life, and health.

“El Paso is a great place for our veterans to call home,” said Mayor Oscar Leeser. “El Paso’s relationship with Fort Bliss and our veteran community is strong, and I am a firm believer that we are a great city because we are a military friendly city.”

The City of El Paso organization in recent years has also focused its efforts on our veteran community by creating new initiatives in honor of our city’s heroes.

The City’s most recent effort involves the creation of a new Military Affairs Liaison that will be tasked with overseeing city and regional military issues.

This newly created position will be posted this Thursday, November 10, and eligible applicants will be able to apply.  This position will serve as the liaison between the City organization and Fort Bliss, and will also be involved in the development of special interest programs for veterans and dependents.

The city also has other veteran-centric programs which include:

Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee – This committee was formed to serve as a source of information related to the status, resources and services available within the El Paso community to the City’s large veteran population. In addition, the committee is asked to evaluate and recommend programs, policies and practices designed to alleviate veterans’ difficulties in meeting basic needs related to transportation, housing, employment and other areas affecting veterans in the city.

Veteran City Employee Luncheon – Knowing that veterans are living and working all around us, the City of El Paso organized a Veterans Day Luncheon for its more than 600 employees who are proud veterans. This luncheon allows City leaders to thank our veterans not only for their service to the City of El Paso, but also for their service to our Country.

Veteran Employment Incentive – Last year, City Council approved an update to its economic development incentive policy which includes a bonus rebate (property or sales tax) for companies that actively employ veterans (15% of their workforce) and establish a formal veteran hiring program.

2016’s Best Places for Veterans to Live

Overall Rank      City              Overall Score

1        Scottsdale, AZ              73.54

2        Laredo, TX                    70.20

3        Irvine, CA                     70.08

4        Plano, TX                     69.15

5        Austin, TX                    68.96

6        El Paso, TX                 66.65

7        Colorado Springs, CO     66.45

8        San Diego, CA              66.43

9        Tampa, FL                    66.28

10       Orlando, FL                  65.78