RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Richmond has been pretty high on the list for many recognitions; A recent one includes the luckiest city. Now it's ranked as one of the best places to live and land a job for people who have retired from the military, according to a study by USAA and Military.org.
As some military veterans trade in their combat boots for business attire, Richmond is ranked at the top of that list for retirees starting a second career once they get out of the service.
Many of them are in their late 30's or early 40s. They may have some skill sets employers are looking for, including: defense, engineering, medical services or aviation. Cost of living is also relatively affordable, and it's close to a VA medical center, which could be other reasons for attracting military veterans.
"Any given day, there are thousands of individuals coming through the door for doctors appointments and medical care," said McGuire VA Medical Center Spokeswoman, Darlene Edwards.
Edwards says the medical center sees roughly 46,000 veterans each year and that number is steadily rising. In addition to a number of medical services, it's also hiring out of work vets like Carl Timperio. He came here nearly three years ago after being laid off at his previous job.
"It's a good place to come for vets," said Edwards. "They take care of you. I've never had any complaints."
Timperio says he's not surprised about the city's ranking and hopes it stays near the top of that list.
The top city on that list was Oklahoma City. Norfolk was actually ranked second just above Richmond. The study looked at 379 metropolitan areas in the United States, according to an article in the Times Dispatch.