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Hawaii bills pushes for help for female veterans

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By MARINA RIKER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Female veterans are one of the fastest growing homeless populations the nation, and state officials say it's no different in Hawaii.

Hawaii lawmakers are considering a bill to help provide more services to female veterans. The proposed law would create and fund a full-time counselor position in the Hawaii Office of Veterans Services to focus on helping female veterans.

Hawaii Office of Veterans Services Director Ronald Han says he asked to fund this position in the division's supplemental budget request, but it wasn't approved.

State officials say female veterans have high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual assault and unemployment.

Female veterans make up nearly 15 percent of the military, and are expected to make up 10 percent of the veteran population by 2020. Nearly 13,000 female veterans live in Hawaii.

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