Georgia Among the Most Military Friendly States in the Nation
Three years ago Georgia set out on a mission — to become the most military friendly state in the nation. And at least one state lawmaker believes Georgia has accomplished that goal, thanks in part to the creation of the Georgia House Military Affairs Working Group by Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge).
“In three years, we have passed 34 new laws and allocated over $101 million to Georgia’s 750,000 veterans and 108,000 service members who work on the state’s nine military bases,” said Rep. Dave Belton (R-Buckhead), a 20-year military veteran himself. “A lot of boxes requested by the military have been checked off, and Georgia has moved into one of the top spots for the nation’s most military friendly states.”
Georgia currently has the fifth largest military population in America with an economic impact of over $28 billion yearly. The top five are California, Virginia, Texas, North Carolina and Georgia. Also, Georgia ranks as the second highest state in the nation in military recruits (doubling the national average), following only Florida.