Tom and Donna Briggs became heavily invested in military service when their daughter, Andrea, enlisted in the Army straight out of high school in 2002. She wound up in the invasion of Iraq and Tom wound up serving there and in Afghanistan, too. He said Sunday that when his daughter enlisted, he felt that he should, too. The Navy was the only service that would enlist men of his age, so he joined it. A chief petty officer, he is still in the active reserves.
Donna did her part by supporting the troops with so many “care packages,” 10,000, that Ft. Carson, Colo. presented her with its “Commanders Award for Public Service.”
The family is continuing its dedication to service personnel with the Bed and Breakfast it is opening in Reedville.
The B&B, located across the street from Bethany United Methodist Church and next to the Masonic Lodge, will be dedicated to veterans and active duty service personnel, the Briggs said Sunday. Its rates will be based on the guests’ rank. Lower ranked enlisted people will not be charged as much as higher ranks, Tom noted, adding the B&B is not meant to make money but to provide a place for relaxation to its guests. Most vets “just want to relax,” Tom Noted. “They like quiet,” Donna added.
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