Best Overseas Places for Military Retirees

Overseas retirement is a consideration for many military retirees and service-connected veterans due to generally lower costs of living and exciting cultural explorations. For U.S. military veterans, retiring abroad is even more advantageous, monetarily speaking.

For instance, most veterans usually have guaranteed pensions on top of Social Security benefits, which make a retired veteran relatively wealthier than other Americans, and extraordinarily wealthier compared to citizens of developing countries, according to many demographic pundits.

Retirement location is important for veterans for many different reasons. However, in terms of living well off retirement pay and/or compensation benefits, some places stand out more than others.  According to demographic and economic statistics, here are the top four places for veterans to seriously consider:

1. Philippines
Already a popular ex-pat retirement destination, the Philippines has an extraordinarily large veteran community.  According to the Veteran Journal, the Philippines has an estimated 2,000+ ex-Air Force members alone, making it the most popular place for many veteran retirees.  Navy veterans also have a large presence in the Philippines.

Aside from its scenic landscape and low cost of living, the Philippines is the only foreign country where the Veterans Administration (VA) operates a standalone ambulatory care facility.

2. Panama
Panama is another common destination for military retirees. Its proximity to the United States, cleanliness, and first-world amenities are all benefits for veterans and regular retirees alike. Furthermore, Panama offers outstanding retirement benefits.

Combined with the benefits, the use of U.S. dollars, and the use of English language, Panama is a top location for many military retirees.

3. Thailand
Thailand is another largely veteran retiree location, according to Veteran Journal. The country is increasingly becoming known for its medical tourism and as such offers great health-care options, according to the
Huffington Post.

Thailand has everything from rural countryside to bustling cities to warm, extended coastlines.  As a result, thousands of U.S. veterans call Thailand home.

4. Malaysia
Ranked as the fourth best retirement location for 2015 by
International Living, Malaysia, like other Southeast Asian countries, offers inexpensive luxurious living. Filled with a large ex-pat community, as well as a naturally diverse culture, Malaysians are welcoming to military retirees.

But the gem of Malaysia is its cleanliness and safety. Major cities like Kuala Lumpur are not the traditional cities of developing countries. The government’s no-tolerance policy means virtually no crime.  The cultural diversity and safety of Malaysia make it a great retirement destination for many U.S. veterans.

Sign-Up for our FREE Veteran Newsletters and FREE Veteran Alerts.

Full name:
 * required
Email address:
 * required

I agree to receive FREE veteran newsletters and alerts.


What Every Veteran Should Carry 
No longer will you have to carry around your DD Form 214 as proof of your military service.  The Veteran ID Card will quickly establish you as a veteran, along with other essential benefits.  More...
Veteran ID Card
Veteran ID Card