Arizona ranks near top third for best states for military retirees

Jun 2, 2015, 2:13 PM | Updated: 2:13 pm

The average age for officers retiring from the military is 47.1 years of age, according to WalletHub, with enlisted personnel leaving the military at an even younger age of 43.2.

Compared to most individuals retiring from the American work force, military men and women are quite young when they reach retirement age, forcing them to enter a job market that can be complicated to navigate.

Depending state tax policies regarding military benefits (which differ from state to state), some retired military personnel can find themselves fighting more of an uphill battle compared to others when it comes adjusting to civilian life.

Despite ranking 18th overall in WalletHub’s list of the “Best and Worst States for Military Retirees,” Arizona falls to the middle of the pack nationally when it comes to rankings for economic environment (26th), quality of life (26th) and health care (22nd).

The state earning WalletHub’s top ranking is Wyoming, with top five marks in economic environment and health care. Indiana reportedly provides the worst benefits for military retirees, with an especially poor ranking in quality of life, checking in at 50.

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Arizona ranks near top third for best states for military retirees