The number of homeless women veterans is increasing in North Carolina and South Carolina as they become a larger part of the military, but the resources to help them are limited.
The Fayetteville Observer reported that the Department of Veterans Affairs says about 90 women veterans who are homeless live in the Fayetteville, home of Fort Bragg. The Post and Courier of Charleston, S.C., reports that Crisis Ministry there says it provided temporary shelter to 28 female vets in the previous fiscal year.
But the numbers aren't necessarily accurate because some people don't seek help or others bounce from home to home and never enter the system. The National Coalition for the Homeless says women account for 3 percent to 4 percent of the national population of homeless vets, which numbers about 200,000 nightly.
The main reason for the problem is that women account for more of the military. And as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, service providers expect the number of women who need help to grow.
"The resources are limited," said Stephanie Felder, homeless program coordinator for the VA in Fayetteville. "They are growing, but they're limited."