KCUR News
10:07 am
Fri October 22, 2010

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.