The Thomas Shepherd Inn is again participating in the B&Bs for Vets program (our third year) and will have three rooms for veterans on Thursday night completely free of charge. In addition, a few stores around town have donated items. Cheryl Gallery at Grapes and Grains, whose husband is a vet, donated a bottle of wine for each room, Phil Mastroangelo at Mellow Moods has given us certificates for a free beverage, and both Blue River and Tomandy jewelry are offering discounts for the vets.
The program was started by West Virginia B&Bs three years ago and we are very proud of our involvement. We received an industry award from PAII (Professional Association of International Innkeepers) and a standing ovation from our innkeeping colleagues at the 2011 PAII conference in Charleston,
SC for helping to spread the program across all 50 states and Canada through a website designed to let veterans know who was participating. I’m not usually much for being in the public eye but that was a moment of affirmation.
Pictured are the couples who stayed with us in 2010. Thanks to all veterans for your service!