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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