Army Pvt. Margaret Ortiz spent her savings on alcohol and cocaine when she came back from six months in Iraq, where she says she faced attacks on her compound and sexual harassment from fellow soldiers. “You knew something was wrong with you, but you didn't know what was wrong with you," Ortiz told the Associated Press. She ended up homeless in San Diego and had trouble finding resources to help her. The number of female homeless veterans has doubled in the past 10 years, and on any given night 6,500 are homeless. They’re younger than male vets who are homeless, and they often have kids, which makes it difficult for them to share space with male vets. Fewer than 10 programs receive money from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide shelters and services for female vets.
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