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.


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

battle takes time.


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