|Flag flown during Operation New Dawn in Iraq|
Kathleen Panek of Gillum House Bed and Breakfast in Shinnston WV spearheaded this effort and the innkeepers of the Thomas Shepherd Inn in Shepherdsrown, WV created a web site http://www.bnbsforvets.org/ and the program grew, and grew, and GREW.
BnB's For Vets grew to include over 900 bed & breakfasts and inns around the world!
The innkeepers at The Chocolate Turtle Bed & Breakfast in Corrales, New Mexico were surprised and honored in December to receive a flag flown during Operaition New Dawn in Iraq with a Certificate of Authenticity from one of the military couples who stayed with them with B & Bs For Vets.
In January 2011 at the PAII Conference, innkeepers Kathleen Panek, Jeanne Muir, and Jim Ford were presented the PAII 2011 Champion Award. From left to right: Kathleen Panek, Jay Karen (CEO of PAII), Jeanne Muir, Jim Ford, AnneMarie DeFreest (President of PAII Board of Directors).
|Photo by Christian Giannelli|