Maybe this isn't the best story to publish on Veterans' Day, but a recent study determined which of the most populated cities in America were the best for vets -- Detroit was at the bottom.

The recent study by Wallethub examined a number of factors which were key to the prosperity of those who were willing to bravely put everything on the line for our country. There were 21 different factors which helped determine their rankings of the 100 most populated areas in the United States, including "availability of VA health facilities" and "availability of military skill-related jobs."

As the son of a Vietnam veteran with health issues related to his service, I can attest that the number of VA health facilities in Michigan are insufficient. My father used to have to drive for 4-5 hours to get to the nearest facility. And that's not even commenting on the efficiency or quality of said facilities, which I can't personally speak on, but I bet my dad would have plenty to say.

The factors are all grouped under four separate categories --  Jobs, Economy, Quality of Life, and Heatlh -- which are then averaged to calculate an overall score. Here are the top and bottom 10 according to those rankings:

1. Scottsdale, AZ
2. Laredo, TX
3. Irvine, CA
4. Plano, TX
5. Austin, TX
6. El Paso, TX
7. Colorado Springs, CO
8. San Diego, CA
9. Tampa, FL
10. Orlando, FL

see #11-90 here

91. Fort Wayne, IN
92. Chicago, IL
93. Baltimore, MD
94. Cincinnati, OH
95. Jersey City, NJ
96. Boston, MA
97. Memphis, TN
98. Cleveland, OH
99. Newark, NJ
100. Detroit, MI

An estimated 40,000 veterans a night go without a place to sleep in the United States, and that doesn't include the roughly 1.4 million that are considered "at risk of homelessness." If one thing is certain, it's that our veterans deserve better. In the last couple of years, political disagreements have stalled several proposals to help those who serve our country. On the campaign trail and in his acceptance speech, President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to do right by them. Hopefully, that's not just rhetoric, and congress will not continue to block programs that will help improve their quality of life in the U.S.

If you'd like to help down on their luck veterans, there are plenty of worthy charities that specialize in exactly that, like the Wounded Warrior Project and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. I would encourage you to do your own research and find a charity whose mission speaks to you, which is easily done online these days. You can find independent ratings and information about veteran-based charity organizations on sites like Charity Watch.

Remember -- caring about veterans isn't just a once a year occasion.