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      SC, NC offer respite for homeless female veterans


      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Roberta Lockwood and Judy New manage



      transitional programs that help



      homeless female military veterans



      get back on their feet.


      Lockwood and New are both military veterans themselves, and they



      say the process of helping their



      fellow female veterans who've hit



      rough patches in their lives can be a lengthy one.


      They run programs in North and South Carolina that are supported



      by the nonprofit Lutheran Family Services and work with veterans



      approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


      In many cases, that means battling things like post-traumatic



      stress disorder, drug addictions,



      abusive relationships and



      physical disabilities, on top of unemployment and homelessness.



      Lockwood



      and New say that the women can succeed, and that the



      battle takes time.



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      Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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