BALLSTON, N.Y. - The Guardian House in Ballston, home to nine female veterans, opened their doors to a two-star general and made a call to action Friday.
Maggie Kenworthy has lived at the Guardian House for nearly two years. Before to her move there, she was homeless and battled alcoholism. But thanks to the house, she has turned her life around.
"I just finished my first year of college. I work full time, I go to school full time and I am house manager," she said.
Friday she gave General Peter Lennon a tour of the home in an effort to create similar houses for female veterans around the country.
Guardian House recently won a $25,000 home improvement grant and is in the running for $250,000 from Aprons in Action, something they urge everyone to log on and vote for.
To vote go to: https://apps.facebook.com/apronsinaction/
"The amount of votes that come up to us is an emotional support saying that people are out there and recognize the female veteran," she said.
A large contingent of state and local leaders recognized and applauded Maggie and her housemates Friday, Senator Farley and Assemblyman Tedisco even taking time to announce a way to channel more resources to the house and other local veterans groups.
A new bill has been proposed to offer donation boxes for veterans on New York State tax return forms.
"They could check to provide a donation of 1, 2, 5, 10 dollars. That money would go into a pool of funding for rehabilitative services for the men and women of our armed forces to keep facilities like guardian house growing."