Texas Veteran Project

February 28, 2008 at 10:09 pm | Posted in Aggies, Military, Travel | 3 Comments

Last fall I read an article about the Texas Veteran Project. I didn’t have this blog at the time, so I emailed the information to a few different people and then didn’t think about it too much. I was reminded of the project recently and thought this would be a good time to try and spread the news.

The Texas Veteran Project is a group of Bed and Breakfasts and small inns/hotels in central Texas (31 are currently listed at the website). The purpose of the organization is

“to support returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their spouses by donating 1 or 2 night stays at their establishment. Each proprietor is thankful for veterans’ service to our country and feels honored to recognize the sacrifices of their time, talents, and in many cases, health.”

What the website doesn’t mention is that the project was started by two B & B owners whose son served in Iraq as an Army surgeon. This family, and all of the other participating individuals, are trying to give something back to our military. They are genuinely thankful and want to provide tangible support. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like the Texas Veteran Project has received enough press. The article I read was published in October. At that point, the Aydelottes (the family who started it all)* had only had one veteran and his wife stay with them through this project. I was surprised and even a little saddened to read this toward the end of the article:

“As the project’s inaugural guests, the Harrises were invited to return. Perhaps the Aydelottes will be busy hosting other veterans. It’s too early to know when, or if, the project will take off.”

The Texas Veteran Project offers free stays of up to 1 or 2 nights for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their spouses (no kids- this is a “couple’s get-away” type offer). They are even including servicemembers who will be deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan within 1-month under the eligibility requirements. This could be a great opportunity for some 4ID soldiers and spouses. The eligibility requirements for the free stay are fairly basic and clearly outlined at the website.

In addition to phone numbers, the website also has email addresses and links to websites for many of the participating businesses. I looked at some of the links and they look like some very nice places to stay. Please go to the website and check out the Texas Veterans Project. These business owners are trying to do their part to “give back”. They just need people to take them up on the offer. Please spread the news to anyone you know who might qualify. If you don’t qualify and are looking for a place to stay in central Texas, consider patronizing one of these establishments. Be sure and tell them you found them through the Texas Veteran Project if you do.

Wildflower season isn’t too far away and Texas Bluebonnets are gorgeous (even better in person than in photographs).

* I feel the need to point out that both Mr. Aydelotte and his son are graduates of Texas A&M University. In addition to the article in the Houston Chronicle, this project has also been written up by the TAMU Association of Former Students. The write-up has some nice pictures and info about the first veteran the Aydelotte family hosted- another Aggie!

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  1. What a great idea! It would be nice for some of the restaurants in the area to donate a mel for the get-away couple.

  2. Hmmmm…..that should have been “meal”

  3. That’s an awesome photo, field full of blue flowers. An intriguing discussion is worth comment. I do believe that you should publish more on this subject matter, it might not be a taboo matter but typically people don’t talk about such subjects. To the next! Cheers!!


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