Yesterday, Veteran’s Day, was filled with such an outpouring of gratitude and pride across the media and social channels in which I wander. Truly inspiring touchstones were everywhere. It wasn’t until today, though, that I heard about this new project I think is amazing: The Lee and Penny Anderson Defenders Lodge has just completed construction and will be open by the end of this year. It is a hotel near the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs hospital that will provide free lodging for vets receiving medical treatment at the facility.
More than 63,000 veterans come to that particular VA hospital each year–it is the largest in the Western United States–and this brand new hotel will give nights free to patients and care givers. It’s a pretty fantastic way to honor those who have given themselves to the country, one of so, so many ways we can do what’s right. I encourage you to go to the website and explore, get to know what will be going on with the grand opening and beyond. What a great way to say, “Welcome back, and We’ve got your back.”