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Woman wants to open up homeless center for female veterans

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CHESTER, SC (WBTV) -

The drawndown of thousands of troops serving overseas means more men and women will be returning to the US.

And there's a fear some will have no place to call home.

The risk for women veterans becoming homeless is four times greater than men.

According to the Department of Veteran Affairs the number of homeless women vets has almost doubled in the last ten years.

One local woman is making it her mission to change those statistics.

Mary Pace found a house in the downtown area of Chester, South Carolina that was already converted into apartments. The owner donated it to her and now Pace wants to start a welcome home center for women veterans.

She's been told it will be one of a kind.

"We are going to help them with their schooling, jobs," Pace said.

Pace knows the place needs a little T-L-C. She says the floors need sanding and the house needs a new roof. She hope volunteers will help with the work.

"There are people out there that care and really willing to pitch in and help one another. I can't think of a better cause," Pace said. "My husband was Vietnam vet …3 tours. Messed him up better bad. I want these women to have more than he had."

Pace wants to dedicate the place to Zandra Walker,  a soldier killed in a 2007 motor attack in Iraq.

"It's going to be well worth it.. I'm hoping with my example, more will pop up," Pace said.

Pace hopes to have the place up and running in 6 months to a year. The apartment can house 10 to 15 women at a time.

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