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More Women Falling Into Ranks Of Homeless Veterans | Fayetteville, North Carolina | Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Fayetteville, N.Cā€”
As a soldier, Ruth Donaldson was an accomplished ammunition specialist. As a civilian, she became a stressed-out single mother struggling to find a job and raise her child.

After a five-year stint in the Army, Donaldson lost her job at a gas station. She couldn’t pay her rent. She and her 6-year-old son ended up living in a Pontiac Grand Am, hungry, homeless and exhausted.

Women make up a growing number of homeless veterans, a group usually associated with combat-hardened men unable to cope with civilian life. Homelessness among female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars has increased every year for the last six years ā€” from 150 in 2006 to 1,700 this year ā€” according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“It just seemed like it was one thing after the other, and I got so far down it was hard to come out of it,” said Donaldson, who moved last month into a shelter for female veterans in Fayetteville.

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