September 16, 2010:
Daily Mail – Charleston
SHINNSTON – One stop at a West Virginia bed and breakfast in the early 1980s was enough to convince Kathleen Panek she could open one too…
That is how an article in the Charleston Daily Mail began on September 15, 2010 (D.I.Y. means Do It Yourself – I had to ask a friend!). Lovely photos of the Gillum House Bed & Breakfast accompany the article. It does cover the Gillum House nicely but even more important, it covers the Thank You Veterans Project that started in West Virginia in 2009 and has spread nationwide in 2010.
There are currently (as of 9/16/2010) over 275 Bed & Breakfasts in 40 States and 1 in Ontario Canada who asked to join in who will be providing a minimum of 1 room free of charge on the night of November 10, 2010 to anyone with a current Military ID or ID from the Veterans Administration (ID will be required at check-in to avoid scammers). The Bed & Breakfast Industry wants to give a token of appreciation that will be meaningful to our military and their spouse/partner (the unsung hero who handles everything so our military can do their job). All reservations are to be made with the Bed & Breakfast of choice. Go here to find a participating B & B. Two participating inns are:
I am very grateful to the innkeepers at Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdstown, West Virginia for securing the domain name, creating the web site, and serving as web masters for the B & Bs For Veterans web site.