Charleston, S.C. — Inns and Bed and Breakfasts throughout the U.S. will honor men and women who’ve served in the armed forces by offering complimentary stays on Nov. 11, in observance of Veteran’s Day. Inns and B&Bs across the U.S. and Canada have signed up to participate in the 4th Annual B&Bs for Vets program and more than 100 U.S. B&Bs and have signed on. For a complete list of participating inns and B&Bs, visit www.bnbsforvets.org for participating inns in the U.S.
for veterans and those serving in the military are also found on BnBFinder.com. Over the tenure of the B&Bs for Vets program, thousands of room nights have been donated to veterans and their families. This year more than 1,000 inns and B&Bs across the U.S. are expected to once again open their doors on Veteran’s Day in the largest Veteran’s Day hospitality effort known.
“I have served for over 20 years, and have been privy to many expressions of gratitude by businesses and individuals. Vets who are lucky enough to participate in this program are treated like family, and the experience is one that many could not afford without the program,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Cogdill, when he was temporarily stationed at Fort Stewart in Georgia. “It’s exactly the respite they need from a career that has kept many in combat zones for multiple tours,” finished Cogdill.
The B&Bs for Vets program started in 2008 when Kathleen Panek, co-owner of the Gillum House, and a handful of other innkeepers in West Virginia opened their doors to veterans in honor of Veteran’s Day. Starting last year, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International began coordinating the B&Bs for Vets program as part of the Better Way To Stay branding campaign in conjunction with BBCanada.com to thank veterans and introduce them to today’s B&B experience.
Many of the participating inns and B&Bs are donating all their guest rooms for free stays for veterans on Nov. 12, and others are offering special military discounts throughout the weekend. Veterans interested in reserving a room are asked to contact the inn/B&B where they wish to stay. Proof of military service will be requested, and all policies of the inn will be enforced for free stays. To see a complete list of participating inns and B&Bs, go to www.bnbsforvets.org or www.bbcanada.com/bbforvets. New inns and B&Bs are being added daily. An easy sort offered by state or province makes finding the right place to stay easy.