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Stand-Down to Help Women Vets


Kansas City, MO – "Stand-down" is a military term for a temporary break from combat, but it can also be a temporary break for homeless veterans - a place where they can get a meal, a haircut, or medical attention. Normally these events are geared toward men, but tomorrow in Kansas City women vets will, perhaps for the first time, have a stand down of their own. The number of homeless women veterans has doubled in the last decade. Dorothy Witherspoon, with the regional Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor in Kansas City, says her office looked into the problem. Witherspoon tells KCUR's Frank Morris that lots of issues can leave women veterans homeless.

The women's Stand-down is tomorrow [Saturday] at Penn Valley Campus of the Metropolitan Community College.


I’ve been at KCUR almost 30 years, working partly for NPR and splitting my time between local and national reporting. I work to bring extra attention to people in the Midwest, my home state of Kansas and of course Kansas City. What I love about this job is having a license to talk to interesting people and then crafting radio stories around their voices. It’s a big responsibility to uphold the truth of those stories while condensing them for lots of other people listening to the radio, and I take it seriously. Email me at frank@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @FrankNewsman.
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