Updated: Dec 21, 2020
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Founded in 2018 by Gold Star Wife, Keri Anne, this 501©3 non-profit organization is run out of a well repurposed barn. In my first conversation with Keri Anne I was struck by her passion, but after learning of her personal ties to the veteran community I could understand where it came from. Keri Anne is a Gold Star Wife, mother of a serviceman, and her extended family’s roots run deep in our national service.
Keri Anne lost her husband Tom, a veteran of Vietnam in 2012, and spent the following years working through the grieving process. After finding peace through Pathways Core Training, she felt ready to take the next hill. For Kerri Anne that meant enrolling in college courses, pursuing a business degree. It was on campus that she saw the extreme needs of the veterans around her; while still a student herself, she would bring her classmates home to keep them from sleeping in their cars, provide them a hot meal, and help them navigate the VA’s bureaucracy. During that time, she made contacts in the veteran community and slowly but surely, the dream of Valor Ranch was b