Phoenix comes in second on the list of best places for veterans according to USAA and military.com. The study took quality of life and affordability into consideration.
But it turns out, it's also a good place for veterans to continue their education and land a job.
"Everything just screamed Phoenix for us," says Paul Coupaud, retired Air Force.
After 22 years in the Air Force including tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Paul Coupaud wanted to move his family to Phoenix. He got that chance when he landed a job as the Chief of Medical Media at the Phoenix VA Medical Center.
"At the time it was my last assignment. I pretty much knew I was going to be retiring after this and Phoenix was at the top of my dream sheet to come back here."
It turns out Phoenix is an ideal destination for many military members when they trade in their combat boots for dress shoes.
Phoenix comes in second on the list of best place for veterans after Pittsburgh. Our capital is followed by Dallas, Cleveland, and Atlanta.
The cities were chosen based on job availability and access to continuing education.
"When I read the job ad it was like this is my job. They saved it for me and I love the environment, I love being here with veterans, I mean these are my family."
Coupaud says that doing public affairs in the service helped him with his new career at the Phoenix VA.
"A lot of employers are like ‘ah a military person this is great' because they know we've got those kinds of habits already engrained into us."
Coupaud is work on a doctorate in education at Argosy University in Phoenix. He says his teenaged daughters love everything about the valley, from their schools and the local sports teams.
"I will probably stay here forever," laughs Coupaud.