America’s veterans are living it up in Louisiana.
The state combines its love of life with its rich military history to create the perfect place for former servicemen and servicewomen to retire.
You’re never far from the military services you need in Louisiana. The state is home to military bases in Bossier City, Vernon Parish and New Orleans. That means Post Exchange, Commissary and Retirement Services are always just down the road.
Life in Louisiana comes with perks. There’s Mardi Gras, festival seasons and world-class music and dining. The state also boasts 51,843 square miles of natural beauty for outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing and more—not to mention ranking as the No. 5 Best State for Retirement in 2011 by MoneyRates.com, thanks to a great climate and strong economic factors like low costs of living, unemployment, and taxes.
But veterans in Louisiana enjoy a few extras that are all their own. Tax-free federal pensions, free admission to Louisiana state parks and free Purple Heart license plates are just some of the benefits that come from retiring Louisiana style.