News & Events

2023’s Best & Worst States for Military Retirees

(May 22, 2023)
As military personnel retire, whether they faced active combat or not, they may find it difficult to readjust to civilian life. Many retirees face major struggles including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, disability and homelessness, which are especially difficult to deal with during this period of economic difficulty. These veterans must also consider how state tax policies on military benefits vary, along with the relative friendliness of different job markets and other socioeconomic factors, when choosing a state in which to settle down. Read full story.

Swords to plowshares: Program trains military veterans to farm and ranch:

(Apr. 04, 2022)
On a muddy spring afternoon in Corrales, N.M., Jessica Andrews inspects lettuce rows inside a warm greenhouse at Silver Leaf Farms.
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Army suicides hit new post-9/11 peak in 2021:

(Apr. 01, 2022)
If you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of self-harm or suicide, you can confidentially seek assistance via the Military/Veterans Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, via text at 838255 or chat at
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Future Events:

  • Veterans Appreciation Festival: Oct 14, 2023

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