Group thanks B&B’s for participating in program

The Minnesota Bed and Breakfast Association wants to thank all of the Minnesota bed and breakfasts/inns that participated in the “B&B for Vets” program. Several B&Bs had vets stay free at their B&Bs on Saturday, Nov. 10 and several others have similar programs they run during the year.

In more than the four years of the B&Bs for Vets program, it’s estimated that approximately 50,000 room nights throughout the U.S. have been given to veterans from innkeepers anxious to reward our military personnel for their service. The B&Bs for Vets program was started by one committed innkeeper —Kathleen Panek of the Gillum House B&B in Shinnston, W.V. — and it grew into a national phenomenon.

The participation in the B&Bs for Vets program is completely voluntary; innkeepers participate at any level they choose. Some will offer one free room for veterans; other innkeepers may open the entire inn. Still other innkeepers might offer an additional discount or even a year-round offer to veterans. Every innkeeper who participates does so to say thank you to our military for their service, and each one feels a strong commitment to veterans who’ve put their lives on the line to protect their country.

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Kim Janke

New Ulm, Minn.