BY KARLA WARD
Before she left Lexington in 2006 to help run a restaurant owned by her sister, Phyllis Abbott was known to many people for her work with ministry efforts including Church Under the Bridge and Kindness in Action.
Ten years later, and with two master’s degrees under her belt, Abbott is back in Lexington with a new mission: helping homeless female veterans.
She said Kentucky doesn’t have a long-term house dedicated solely to female veterans, and there are few in the entire country.
“We just want to make this a home that we can love on our women and make them whole again,” she said.
She said female veterans are more likely than women in the general population to commit suicide, and many female vets, like their male counterparts, suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
A significant number of female veterans also suffer trauma as a result of sexual assault or harassment endured during their time in the military.
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