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VA holding retreat for female veterans, including homeless

September 16, 2018

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding what it calls “a summer retreat” for female veterans who live in southwestern Indiana, including those who are homeless.

Veteran affairs spokesman Kevin Harris says the retreat Monday in Evansville is being held to address the benefits and services that are available to the veterans.

In a 2017 report to Congress, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said women comprise the fastest-growing segment of the homeless veteran population.

From 2016 to 2017, the latest period statistics are available, the number of homeless female veterans increased by 7 percent, compared to a 1-percent increase for male veterans.

The retreat will be the Evansville VA Health Care Center.

Harris says services such as nutrition education and haircuts will be available to attendees.

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