B&Bs Offering Free Rooms To Veterans On Nov. 10

As a special thank you to members of our armed forces, more than 500 bed and breakfasts in the U.S. and Canada are offering free rooms to veterans on Nov. 10, the night before Veterans Day.

The full list of participating B&Bs is available here. If you’re a vet and want to take advantage of the offer, you’ll probably need to book soon as the gratis rooms seem to be filling up quickly.

Writes USA Today:

Since most B&Bs are small, “we only ask inns to give one room,” Panek says, and about 25%-30% of participating establishments – including all those in Georgia, Missouri, Washington and several other states – are already full. But, she adds, “we’re getting new places signing up every day.”

B&Bs honor military with free rooms on Veterans Day [USA Today]

PARTICIPATING B&BS/INNS BY STATE/PROVINCE [BNBsforvets.org]

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  1. SonarTech52 says:

    Awesome!

  2. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    I think this is a FANTASTIC way to celebrate our vets’ sacrifices.

    Giving someone even one night’s vacation can be so rejuvenating. Thank you to all of these B&B owners for being so giving.

  3. Thyme for an edit button says:

    Wonderful :-)

  4. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    Sounds like a cool program. The wording on the website is a little vague… does anyone know if it includes all veterans or only those who are retired?

  5. balthisar says:

    >>A valid Military or VA ID will be required for each reservation.
    I hate being so negative for what’s an awesome idea, but really, this exludes the vast majority of veterans. It’s really only an offer good for current military (not yet veterans) and retirees. Most veterans (like me, eight years, US Army) don’t have either military ID cards or VA ID cards. All we have is our DD-214, which is a fragile piece of paper that would make most people scratch their heads.

    • womynist says:

      You’re right. My dad is a Vietnam vet and served 14 years in the military. However, he would be excluded from this because he didn’t retire from the military. That’s a bummer.

    • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

      That’s how I interpreted it too. You either have to be retired or active duty. But the first paragraph seems to contradict this… “…to honor servicemen and women currently serving or who have previously served their country. “

      Regardless, I think it’s a nice gesture either way.

    • RandomHookup says:

      At least they were reasonably upfront about it. I hate the places that have an offer like this for all veterans, but then say you have to bring a military ID. It’s obvious when someone who put together the rules doesn’t know anything about the military.

    • tbax929 says:

      This is the case often with things for veterans. I served 6 in the Army and usually am excluded from free offers or even discount offers. It’s like they don’t realize that most of us who serve don’t stay long enough to retire.

      • RandomHookup says:

        Really? Most of the offers I see around Veterans Day are for any vets — bring a DD214, a photo in uniform — that kind of thing. Of course, these are for a free meal, so it’s not really high stakes.

      • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

        Yep. My SO served 12+ years, 6 active duty in South Korea and Iraq, the rest in reserves and his DD-214 was not considered even at LOWES for the veterans discount. We brought his old military ID, DD-214, picture of him in his uniform- they said they needed a CURRENT ID before they could give us this piddle discount. We walked out. I guess they’ve changed that down there, but I ain’t trying again.

        • RandomHookup says:

          Wow, that’s surprising. Was it the way the program was designed or simply a misunderstanding by folks who’ve never had any connection to the military?

    • dadelus says:

      Yeah, I look out for that stipulation on any “Veterans” deals. My Sis-in-law is planning a family vacation for later this year and had found a hotel that offered dicounted rates for veterans and asked if I could provide proof of my status to take advantage of it. I asked her to send me the deal and sure enough, in the small print it stated the deal was for “Retirees” only.

      Luckily the cruiseline we’re going with (Norwegian) offers deals for vets and it means ALL vets. They just wanted a copy of my DD-214 and they didn’t even bat an eye that I had blacked out my SSN on the copy they received.

    • Big Mama Pain says:

      Excuse me, but anyone actively serving in the military is also a veteran.

      • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

        It sounds odd calling somebody on active duty a veteran. I thought a veteran was anyone who served and was honorably discharged.

  6. pgh9fan1 says:

    Not cool. Why should I have to pay a higher rate so that veterans get a free room? Should I get a free room on Arbor Day because I plant trees? They’re doing a job. Nothing more, nothing less. Sure, they got shot at. So do cops. This whole praise of the military is starting to get on my nerves. On 9/11 I attended a Major League baseball game. They saluted the military because it was 9/11. Perhaps MLB doesn’t realize it, but the military wasn’t involved in most 9/11 deaths. Civilians were. Civilians took down the plane in PA. Civilians were killed on the two WTC planes and in the WTC buildings. Both military and civilians were killed at the Pentagon. Excuse my rant, but we should be saluting peace and offering free rooms to people who support peace, not those who wage war.

    Yes, I know some people will get offended by this, but I’m offended by the free rooms. It’s just one man’s opinion, nothing more and I do know I’m in the minority.

    • Thyme for an edit button says:

      Yep, you’re the asshole of this round of commenting.

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        Nah, he has valid points. You might disagree, but there is truth there.

      • pgh9fan1 says:

        Having a different opinion doesn’t male me an (expletive redacted.) It make me different than some others. The Founders of this nation put freedom of speech in the Constitution because differences of opinion are good for the republic. You may have noticed that it’s totalitarian regimes that limit free speech, not the United States.

        • Thyme for an edit button says:

          Did I say you don’t have freedom of speech? Or can’t express yourself? Not sure what that even has to do with this post.

          I can call you an asshole when you say an asshole thing. There’s me expressing my opinion and sharing it with others.

          Just expressing “your opinion” and “exercising your rights” or whatever the hell does not exempt you from asshole status.

        • GrayMatter says:

          Normally I don’t respond to trolls, but since you are wrapping yourself in the free speech cloak, I would point out that free speech is what allows you to be an asshole in public.

        • intense_jack says:

          And it’s free speech that let’s them disagree with you and say you’re a tool. Don’t tread on their right to say it because it upsets you. Freedom of speech doesn’t mean freedom from responsibility for the things you say.

        • UnbelieverDjak says:

          Eh, it happens. I got called a fucking bigot (and redacted, so how’s that for ‘freedom of speech’?) for remarks that were true and inoffensive in and of themselves because of how they seemed disparaging of a particular cultural custom. I understand why they were upset, though, and if I was saying what they thought I was, I’d deserve it.

          Anyway, even as a navy veteran (only 8 years, so no promo for me either), I gotta kind of agree with your point. I remember being quite annoyed when I’d see a place offering student or even AARP discounts but no military discount. I even kind of agree with the guy who went to court over ladies’ night. In the end, though, you gotta admit it’s a selfish thought. It’s not like you’re being deprived of anything, at least no more than you are when you pay full price for a 5 o’clock show instead of a 4:50 matinee price.

        • jeffile says:

          Nice reference to the Founding Fathers but please explain what segment of society enabled their ideas to be implemented? Do you have as much disdain for those soldiers who through their misery gave you your rights? BTW, what do you do on Independence Day? Just in case you aren’t aware, that’s the fourth of July.

    • GrayMatter says:

      Do you also go around on Halloween stealing candy from the littlest kids?

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      I’m surprised no one ever calls companies out for these actions. It’s true, in some cases this is probably being done purely out of gratitude for our soldiers. But I guarantee some companies offer these things purely out of the desire to make money.

      They figure A) This will cause additional bookings, such as a 2nd room for the kids of the veteran. B) If all their competitors are doing this and they do not, they will look like they are uncaring to veterans.

      • Thyme for an edit button says:

        Yes, some do it purely out of gratitude. Some do it purely for the cash monies they hope to bring it. Some do it for gratitude and because it ends up being good business because those things are not mutually exclusive.

        So what? Call them out for what? Doing something nice and possibly making money at the same time? They are businesses, not charities.

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          We call them out on every other sort of scheme to make money. Why shouldn’t we call them out on these kinds of schemes as well? I guess the means justify the ends?

          • Thyme for an edit button says:

            K, so you do want to call them out for potentially making money while doing something nice?

            How will you be doing that? Are you going to call or write to them and let them know? Just wondering.

          • EverCynicalTHX says:

            I’m missing the part about how they’re making money on free rooms?

        • frank64 says:

          Yeah, you can say that about most positive activities, gifts to charity, people joining the military, police and fire departments. All have various and sometimes even multiple motives.

    • tbax929 says:

      Spoken like someone who’d never get off their ass and serve but wants to reap the benefits made by those of us who did serve made. And, yes, it does make you an asshole.

      Although many of us voluntarily enlisted, there are still lots of vets walking around who did not serve voluntarily. Were they just doing their jobs, too? Ugh.

      • pgh9fan1 says:

        It is correct that I have never served in the military. I also would go inside when I was a kid in the ’70s when the other kids were playing war. I never liked people getting killed which is why I would not join the military. I did look at the Navy ROTC while in college, but decided it was against my morals. There is nothing wrong with that. I do serve my country in other ways. I volunteer for political campaigns. I am an activist. I’ve been elected to both paying and non-paying local government jobs. I love the USA just as much as anyone, but I choose not to use weapons to show it. Everybody makes choices. You may have chosen to serve in the military. I chose to serve peacefully. And there is one thing we can all do to serve the country and I’ve done that, without fail, twice a year for 29 years–vote.

        • Snaptastic says:

          The simple fact of the matter is that there are a number of people who simply are not suited to military service for a multitude of reasons. It is good to see that you found your niche and contribute to society. However, do not piss at soldiers and people who support them because you don’t agree with them and how they choose to function because whether you like it or not, they do a darned lot of good for this country.

        • EarthAngel says:

          The veterans have laid their lives on the line for this country. It’s great that you’ve volunteered political campaigns and vote twice a year, but it’s not like Afghanistan or Iraq where people die because they want to vote. Thanks in part to our military forces, doing so is not a deadly event in the United States.

          And the military wasn’t the majority of the casualties in 9/11, but they have been a large portion of the casualty since then and I am glad that there are people that recognize the sacrifices of our soldiers and their families. Because even though you love the United States and serve peacefully, you probably aren’t willing to give your life and freedoms to do so.

        • AgostoBehemoth says:

          some crackers with that whine?

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        Just to play devil’s advocate here, I would argue much of our wartime actions haven’t actually reaped any rewards, and many others would agree. We keep going back to the same areas to enforce peace, which so far has repeatedly proven ineffective in the long term. Some of our conflicts has proven over time to be beneficial to the world, others have not (or at least are not clear).

        Other rewards reaped by the military are huge deficits partially attributed by a bloated defense budget which, while necessary in part, some argue is unneccesary in its opulence (I loves it). We’ve alreaso reaped hatred by counless other nations because of our arrogance that we can mold the world to our belief systems.

        So you see, your opinion isn’t the only one, and certainly isn’t clearly the right one. So while I may disagree with what you and/or pgh said, I will defend your and his right to say it.

    • SonarTech52 says:

      Sure, 9/11 isnt about military (except for the Pentagon attack), but why blame the military people? The military didnt tell the MLB to honor them..

      As for, the cops getting shot at too.. sure they do. One difference is, after their day of work, they go home… Military members are away from home for 6 months and more and bascially give up their rights for the whole time they are in the military to make sure the rest of the US keeps theirs. I do think cops deserve something as well, because they risk their lives sure. But dont take anything away from the military for it.. My wife is a retired police officer, and she believes the same as I do.

      As for the military waging war? Um.. no.. that all comes from the President and the government. The military just follows orders..

      I cant find any numbers off hand regarding police officers, but I believe, there are many more military being killed in the line of duty than there are police officers also, just sayin..

    • Elphaba says:

      For the freedom to spout off against soldiers getting a free rooms? Thank a soldier.

      If a business wants to say thanks the the people who privide the protection their business needs to survive (ie protecting our country from being invaded) that’s their business and their business model. You are free to not go there. You are free to be an ass, and I am free to tell you to STFU,

      Signed Elphaba, whose husband she hasn’t seen in 6 months because he’s in Iraq cleaning up the mess/ finishing the job that GWB and company made.

      • TacoChuck says:

        If you have the freedom to speak, you can thank the ACLU as well. Read some history of how much you were allowed to speak out during WWI, I’ll sum it up for you: You weren’t. You weren’t allowed to even publish anything in German in the US, you weren’t allowed to publish anything against the war. So in that sense, the military fighting actually prevented free speech.

        Fighting in Iraq had nothing to do with protecting any of our freedoms.

        I appreciate those that risk their lives to defend this country and I hope all the troops come home soon safe and sound, and further, I spend time at our local VA hopefully helping to give a little back for their sacrifice, but to suggest that our military is the only reason we have the freedoms we do is simplifying things a bit too much.

        • jeffile says:

          Did the ACLU fight in the Revolutionary War? You mention reading history; well, reading is not the same as comprehending. Yes, your description in regards to those restrictions on freedom of speech during WWI are correct but you might spend some valuable time researching the reasons and the person responsible for such. I’ll let you do your own research but I will tell you it was a civilian at the very top of the government with a thought process the same as another president who had innocent Japanese and German Americans interned.

    • Hoss says:

      Aside from your button pushing, how would this cost anyone? The B&Bs are allowing vacant rooms to be filled for one night. If the individual stays two nights the room was essentially half price. In any event, the individual may return and/or tell friends about the great accommodations. If none of this happens the B&B owner shares breakfast with someone they respect. Nothing is on your dollar

    • EverCynicalTHX says:

      Returning soldiers get a discount on a room on Veterans Day and you complain and rant about the military..what is this costing you anyway? pfft…

      • RandomHookup says:

        They aren’t necessarily returning from anything…they could be just out of basic training.

    • CookiePuss says:

      Theres offers/discounts for police at many places as well. Theres a slew of companies in the FOP magazine with various discounts for law enforcement.

      Risking your life or having a dangerous job has nothing to do with anything. College kids get certain discounts/perks(e.g. free software) without ever having to touch a weapon.

    • jeffile says:

      It doesn’t phase you that you aren’t speaking German or Japanese as a national language? A soldier has no say in where he serves or what war he fights. They even fight for the right of free speech by unappreciative twerps and those ignorant of what sacrifice really is. Did you plan on staying at one of those participating B&Bs Nov 10th? I’ll bet you have no problem with young children getting into movies for half price even though they take up a seat.

    • Galium says:

      Neither here or there, but most veterans have never been shot at. Being a vet is not automatically equal to being in harms way. This is not taking anything away from those who where not in combat. Every service person has/had a job to do, most do not entail fighting. It is just a misconception that many non-military people have. You being offended by the veterans receiving a free room in gratitude or as a gimmick is not very cool. All that shows is that you begrudge what others get. PS November 10th is also the USMC’s birthday.

  7. EverCynicalTHX says:

    Good idea and a nice way of thanking our vets.

  8. colorisnteverything says:

    As someone whose Aunt and Uncle own a B&B on the list and someone whose cousin just got home from Iraq after many years service, I totally approve. Anyone who complains has a right to, but I don’t see why this would offend someone. It’s doing something nice for those who fought for our country. And even if you are like me and don’t agree with the gov’t 100% of the time and may not even agree with some of the wars we have fought it, it is just plain silly to condemn a whole occupation for doing their job.

  9. Emerald4me says:

    Nice way to thank our military men and women. Now let’s do it for teachers.

  10. AgostoBehemoth says:

    Good for the Vets, and good PR for the BB’s. I’m sure mid-week the 2nd week of November is not a busy time for them – hopefully some of the Veterans will stay another night… or enjoy it enough to return.