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Homeless female vets on rise: Group presents specific challenges to shelters, VA hospitals

from The Charleston Post and Courier

An increasing number of homeless female veterans are turning up at shelters and VA hospitals around the country. Women today make up 14.5 percent of active duty military personnel and nearly 20 percent of the Reserve and National Guard. Currently they also account for 3-4 percent of the national population of homeless veterans, and the Department of Veterans Affairs expects this percentage to rise dramatically in years to come, as veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan begin to seek help from community shelters and hospitals. more

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