Marina del Rey attorney Art Swerdloff is the new president of Military Women In Need.

The organization has provided assistance to female military veterans and widows 55 years and older in Los Angeles and Orange Counties for more than 80 years.

Swerdloff succeeds Pat De Mond, who is stepping down after more than 30 years of service to the organization.

Military Women In Need officials say that Los Angeles County has the largest population of homeless veterans in the nation, with 27,000 men and women veterans sleeping on the streets in the county every night.

Female veterans are 30 times more likely to end up homeless than their male counterparts, officials of the organization say.

Military Women In Need was founded in 1920 as the California Soldiers Widow Home Association to assist widows of those who served in any of the U.S. armed forces and mothers whose sons were lost.

Military Women In Need officials say their organization offers a safety net to help these women live out their lives with continued independence and dignity.

Information, (310) 838-4996.

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