We have just finished hosting six members of America’s armed forces, and their significant others, as part of the B&B For Vets program. We decided to donate some rooms to this program because it just seemed the right thing to do – a simple way of showing appreciation to those who serve in our country’s military. What we learned is that there is a human face to the military and to the wars which seem so far away.
Like many people in America, we are very removed from the military. We don’t personally know anyone who is in Iraq or Afghanistan, and our families have not been directly affected by those events. So, the experience of meeting these five couples has given us a different perspective , and a greater appreciation for the professionalism of the modern American military.
We were happy to host Shane & Christina and Jeff & Jordan from Grand Isle, Vermont. Shane & Jeff are in the reserves. Robert, who lives in Western Mass with his wife Frances, is stationed in Boston. Joseph from Albany is a recruiter stationed in Catskill, NY – he was here with his wife Joanna. Joe & Margaret from Roxbury, MA are both in the military, he just rotated off active duty and she is stationed in Boston. (I apologize that only one of my pictures turned out good enough to use)
If you look at the long list of Inns participating in this program, you will see that almost all of the rooms were taken. I think the popularity of the program testifies to the fact that it is greatly appreciated by the men and women of the military. We certainly felt gratified that our military guests seem to deeply appreciated this simple gesture.
This was truly a WIN/WIN.