Some 170,000 women have seen action in Afghanistan and Iraq, says Gary Kirkbride, program manager of veterans services for Lutheran Family Services of the Carolinas.
“Some come back with combat stress,” he adds, which can mean homelessness. “It’s a new issue.”
Responding to a Veterans Affairs appeal, LFS is opening two transitional homes for seven female veterans in North Carolina and six in South Carolina — the first in the U.S.
At right is the house in Columbia, S.C.
Costs are shared with the VA, which offers job training.
LFS and local congregations provide furnishings and support groups.
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