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For women veterans, a housing community to call their own
For women veterans, a housing community to call their own

Maria Alcazar beamed as she clutched the keys. The Navy veteran surveyed the two-bedroom town house in San Pedro that she could now, finally, call home. “You fight for freedom but you carry so much with you after you leave the military,” said Alcazar, 34. “But with this: I feel like I’m dealing with freedom for the first time.” Alcazar is one of five female veterans who moved Tuesday into one of the first housing projects in the country that focuses on female veterans facing homelessness. By the end of this year, the Blue Butterfly Village -- named for the endangered Palos Verdes Blue butterfly that’s protected in a nearby preserve -- will...

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