Veterans Day program at VFW Post 3073

Ed Pritchard listens to a speaker during a Veterans Day ceremony at VFW Post 3073 in this 2016 file photo. Where to Retire Magazine recently listed Dothan as an attractive place for veterans to retire.

Dothan’s proximity to Fort Rucker and its many amenities have landed it recognition in a national magazine for people planning their retirements.

Where to Retire magazine named Dothan as one of its top eight places in the nation to retire for military veterans in its May/June edition. A press release from the magazine cites a few factors in its selection of Dothan, including the state’s tax structure, nearby Fort Rucker and Dothan’s military history.

“They go the extra mile to make retired veterans feel at home,” editor Annette Fuller said. “In addition to military installations, the cities boast numerous amenities that are attractive to all retirees, including civilians. Dothan has a rich military history and plentiful outdoor options. Plus, Alabama doesn’t tax military retirement pay.”

Matt Parker, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce president, said recreation opportunities separate Dothan from cities of similar sizes.

“You’ve got facilities for things like soccer, biking and tennis plus access to outdoor activities like fishing,” he said. “We have a lot of places to get fit with the growth in private enterprises.”

Parker said Dothan’s leaders continue to make an investment in infrastructure, including housing. Combined with the recreation and retail opportunities, Dothan shines as a good place for any person to live, he said.

The same magazine named Dothan one of its eight best places to retire based on the cost of living in 2005, according to a WTVY report. Parker said that remains a major draw for anyone seeking to retire soon.

“We’re always in the top 30 in metro areas in the United States (in cost-of-living factors),” he said. “The other areas that might be lower don’t have the infrastructure that Dothan does.”

The magazine noted people continue to increasingly retire in the Southeast. Nearby Columbus, Georgia, and Jacksonville, Florida, also earned a spot of the magazine’s list.

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