I will make this a series of why my husband and I chose this area as our home after he retired from the Navy.
•1) Retiring from the Navy we get the health insurance provided for retirees. We lived in a few locales where there wasn't a large military population. What we discovered was that when we tried to go to the doctor and make appointments they were never taking new patients. What we found out is that our insurance pays at the same rate as Medicaid, and that usually is not enough for doctors to pay the bills. So what good is to have almost free medical care thanks to 20 years of service to our country when nobody accepts it? Because there is such a large military population, I have only had that happen to us once in the 10 plus years we have lived here. Portsmouth Naval Hospital and the surrounding clinics have always taken good care of us.
•2) The weather. Mild and at the same time we get the change of all the seasons. We even had snow for a few hours yesterday on my birthday.
•3) Family oriented with friendly people no matter what city you are in.
•4) Fun, fun, fun, I will dedicate a following blog to describe different things that our family does to keep us entertained.
•5) The Beach.
•6) The school system. I will be specific to the one that my children go to, as I am familiar to it, but will describe others that have a great reputation.
•7) Diversity. Just like me (I am from Colombia, South America) there are people from all over the country and all over the world.
•8) History. Can't drive around much without seeing a historical monument to a battle, or some important event related to the history of these great United States of America.
•9) Between two families. My husband is from Minnesota and my closest relatives live in Florida.
And Last but not Least will come to me in the future.