Mission and Impact

Who do we serve?

ALL Branches of our Military and their Families:

  • ALL Currently Serving Military and their Families.
  • ALL Honorably Discharged Veterans and their Families.
  • ALL Immediate Family of any Troops Killed-In-Action.

 

Why do we serve?

Vet Tix enriches the lives of our Military and Veterans by providing reintegration opportunities and family bonding experiences by providing free tickets to socially interactive events.

Reintegration back into their communities and families

44% of returning Veterans experience trouble readjusting.

Reintegration is the process of military service members returning from deployment and re-entering their family unit and American life. It can also mean the reintegration from military into civilian life. The reintegration process can last for months or years. Almost half of returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans has reported difficulties readjusting.

Too many vets and service members spend time in isolation. Tickets to cheer for local teams, to enjoy a night at the symphony or to see their favorite band enhances their lives by bringing them back out into to the community, increasing family bonds through shared interests while reducing stress through entertainment. Veterans state they feel most comfortable around other service members. Vet Tix events often have a group of Veterans attending allowing Vet Tixers to feel more comfortable attending. Strong family bonds and community reintegration opportunities are essential tools for Veterans during active duty, post-deployment, and post-service years.

Words can't begin to describe how thankful I am to this wonderful organization and Alan, who donated our tickets. We had such a great time at Disney, I smile like I haven't in awhile. My son even told me, "Dad, I haven't seen you smile so much in a long time!"

My family and I truly had a great time and we were able to reconnect again. It is what they said, Disney is magical. Again, thank you so much for the tickets!!

 
United States Marine Corps Severely Wounded Veteran
United States Marine Corps
Severely Wounded Veteran
2005 - 2010

Posted by ambioris on Sep 9th 2013
Event Attended: Hero's Wish: Disney World Tickets
Event Location: Orlando, FL
Event Date: Sep 3rd 2013

 

Working through PTSD

An estimated 30% of veterans experience PTSD

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an anxiety disorder that may develop after a person is exposed to violently traumatic event, serious injury or threat of death. PTSD symptoms include depression, sleep and health problems. Sufferers often avoid social interaction. Medication, psychological therapies and physical activity are all common treatments for PTSD. Sadly, studies show no improvement with anti-depressants for combat veterans. Many Veterans do not seek help because of stigma associated with mental illness or are worried it would hurt their career.

Receiving tickets to special events has had a more far reaching impact than we had imagined on combat Veterans. Our Vet Tixers report relief from PTSD symptoms. New psychological studies show that creating happy memories is a key component to overcoming PTSD. Being able to attend events with family and other service members has encouraged Veterans suffering from PTSD to re-engage in community activities and work on conquering their symptoms.

Jesse's First Vet Tix Event

Vet Tix, I am a 61 year old Vet and this was my very first football Game I ever got to watch live! Watching football on TV is great, but I never knew just what I was missing until today. We got a little wet from all the rain but I still had a Fantastic time and it made me feel like a kid again.

Normally crowds really freak me out and make me feel very uneasy, but thanks to the VAs MH department and having a chance to talk with other vets, I was able to put my PTSD on a short vacation and that allowed me to really enjoy myself for the first time in over 40 years.

I can't Thank you enough Vet-Tix and all who have given their support...

 

United States Army Veteran
United States Army
Veteran
1971 - 1974

Posted by Jesse on Jan 2nd 2014
Event Attended: 2014 Gator Bowl - Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. # 22 Georgia Bulldogs
Event Location: Jacksonville, FL
Event Date: Jan 1st 2014
Tickets Donated By: University of Nebraska


Jesse After 25 Days with VetTix

Man, you guys are the Greatest!!!

I want the world to know that Vet-Tix got us Tickets on the floor 5th Row Center from the stage; I mean we were so close to Jeff we could almost touch him. That had to be the BEST Seats in the house.

My Wife (Angela) and I had a Wonderful Time and we laughed so hard we were hurting All Over. ...

We would not have been able to go to all the different events and shows we've attended in the last few months had we not singed up with the wonderful people at Vet-Tix.

We have gotten over $800.00 in Free tickets from Vet-Tix in the last 25 Days. Vet-Tix is the Best thing that has happened to us!

You Guys are making our Retirement what it should be, FUN..
Thanks Again, Jesse Hall, Palm Coast FL

United States Army Veteran
United States Army
Veteran
1971 - 1974

Posted by Jesse on Jan 26th 2014
Event Attended: Jeff Dunham's
Event Location: Jacksonville, FL
Event Date: Jan 24th 2014
Tickets Donated By: Personal Publicity - Jeff Dunham

 

Giving Support and Recognition

16.6 million Veterans served during wartime.

Knowing that Americans businesses and people are donating to provide these opportunities also helps Veterans to feel welcomed back. Tickets to events to say 'thank you for your service' provide a sense of pride. Vet Tix events often publicly recognize service members. Being recognized at a game is a heartfelt thank you to our Veterans and their families and is an emotional experience. It reaffirms why they signed up for service in the first place, for pride of our country and the amazing people that live in it. It's a true message of gratitude and a way of letting them know that they will never be forgotten.

Thanks to vettix.org, King Soopers, and the Pepsi Center organizations, personnel, and staff for a wonderful time to do a father-daughter night. This was T's first NHL game, and the staff at the Pepsi Center made sure to treat her like a star. We made some great memories, and she couldn't stop talking about all the fun she had!

We've been working really hard to work for several weeks through some heavy emotional issues because I've been called away to duty more than she can handle. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to re-connect!

Also, it's a tremendous kindness for King Soopers to offer the Honorary Hero of the Game to Currently Serving and Veteran members. The same can be said for both the Pepsi Center and vettix.org. Thanks for your dedication, professionalism, philanthropy, and all you do to honor our servicemen and women--to feel welcomed in the community in ways like this is a powerful re-connection back to our families, friends, and hometowns.

Very Respectfully,

G. Fensterer

United States Air Force Currently Serving
United States Air Force
Currently Serving

Posted by Daddy and T on Oct 26th 2013
Event Attended: Colorado Avalanche vs. Carolina Hurricanes - King Soopers Honorary Hero of the Game - NHL
Event Location: Denver, CO
Event Date: Oct 25th 2013
Tickets Donated By: Colorado Avalanche / Pepsi Center

 

Filling the missing gap

Combat Veterans receive on average five days of post-deployment debriefing before returning home.

Currently there is a huge VA claims backlog, keeping many Veterans from getting care in a timely fashion. A recent report for the VA states there is insufficient evidence to prove the effectiveness of current VA support programs. Only a small percentage of our population has serves in the military. Many Americans do not understand the problems Veterans face, making it more difficult for Veterans to reconnect to their communities. All of these factors leave service members largely on their own as they come home to their families and rejoin their communities and American life.

My battle buddies and I had the time of our lives yesterday at the NHL Stadium Series at Yankee Stadium Sunday. 3 have never been to Yankee Stadium and two have never been to hockey games. Not to mention the two best teams in the league. Out in the elements as it should be. Man you had to be there and it was great therapy because we all battle with PTSD and other ailments so it was a great day for us all. Vet Tix we can't thank you enough for the generous gesture but thanks a million times over.

Salute!

 
United States Army Veteran
United States Army
Veteran
1995 - 2013

Posted by SFC Solomon Melchizedek ( Retired ) on Jan 27th 2014
Event Attended: 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series - New Jersey Devils vs. New York Rangers
Event Location: Bronx, NY
Event Date: Jan 26th 2014
Tickets Donated By: New Jersey Devils

 

Can't they just use a military discount?

It's estimated that 66% of our Veterans do not have any type of Veteran ID card.

Only Veterans who served 20+ years or were disabled leave the military with any form of ID. So a Veteran with 2 or 3 combat deployments can not use many advertised discounts.

When Vet Tix was founded in 2008, we discovered that military discounts were limited or problematic. Few concerts venues offered a discount. Some sport teams offered military Mondays to active duty only, even though military bases were over an hour away from the stadium, making it impossible for active duty personnel to attend during or after work. Many businesses do not offer a military discount at locations near bases. The discount applies to the military personnel only, not the family.

The average football game or concert is $500 for a family or four, making these All-American events too expensive for many Military and Veteran families.

Thank you all for your support, my family and I had a wonderful time at a roller coaster game. It was a great opportunity to spend time and bond with my kids. I would not have been able to afford the cost of the 14 hour drive (1 way), food, hotel and tickets. Your donation of the tickets defrayed the cost enough to made this trip possible. The Blue Devils put on a great game, but I am happy my Aggies were able to win in the end.

Thank you again for your continued support,
Gig 'Em ~James

 
United States Army Currently Serving
United States Army
Currently Serving

Posted by James on Jan 2nd 2014
Event Attended: 2013 Chick - Fil - a Bowl - # 24 Duke Blue Devils vs. # 21 Texas a & M Aggies
Event Location: Atlanta, GA
Event Date: Dec 31st 2013
Tickets Donated By: Anonymous Donor
Tickets Donated By: Cory from KY

 

What kind of events?

Just about anything you can buy a ticket for!

Vet Tix offers tickets to a wide range of events: sports, concerts, symphonies, ballet, theatrical plays, rodeo, comedy shows, family activites and more.

Vet Tixers choose events of their liking, regardless of age or physical ability. This allows retired Veterans to take their grandchildren to Disney on Ice, it allows married couples to go the symphony, and it allows entire families to attend a sporting event together. We create opportunities for entertainment and engagement. We have created new hockey fans, encouraged interest in symphony or brightened a day with a comedy show. With such diverse events across the nation we reach Veterans and give them opportunities to find new interests, to build lasting memories which connect families together and build emotional resiliency which is vital to mental health.

Thank you VETERAN TICKETS FOUNDATION for allowing me the opportunity to go to the best car show / auction in the USA! You have made a dream come true for this combat veteran! Thank you for the UNIFIED military support to our troops, retiree's and our families!

 
United States Air Force Currently Serving
United States Air Force
Currently Serving

Posted by CONRAD on Jan 18th 2014
Event Attended: 2014 Barrett - Jackson - Collector Car Auction
Event Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Event Date: Jan 12th 2014
Tickets Donated By: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company

 

Why are these events important?

Performing Arts Enrichment

Studies show that observation and engagement in artistic performances enhances people's emotional and mental well-being. Some hospitals have reported quicker healing times when performers are brought in for patients to enjoy. Attending musical and theatrical shows sparks creativity. It engages Veterans in their community functions and American culture. This results in our Veterans and their families leading fuller lives.

I want to Thank everyone who made this possible. As a member of the military, I don't often get the chance to take my daughter to events like this. I want to thank the Ballet troupe for their donation of these tickets, without them, I don;t believe I would have been able to make this happen. The smile on my little dancers face, watching them on stage, performing this show, was everything I could have asked for. God Bless you all and again...Thank You! It truly was a magical night for me.

 
United States Air Force Currently Serving
United States Air Force
Currently Serving

Posted by Larry on Dec 23rd 2013
Event Attended: The Nutcracker Performed by Ohio Dance Theatre
Event Location: Elyria, OH
Event Date: Dec 20th 2013
Tickets Donated By: Ohio Dance Theatre

 

Sporting Events, Bonding & Health

Attending games together increases bonds and social connections with other people. Over 90% of people attending sporting events go with family or friends. Strong relationships are a key factor in emotional health.

Sports fans have higher self-esteem and social identity. Identifying with a local sports team provides a built-in connection to others in your community. It provides a sense of belonging in your community or within a group of friends and family.

Leisure activity and entertainment help people to mentally escape from the stresses and strain of life. Sporting events are American’s top source of entertainment.

Cheering or groaning for a favorite team gives people a cathartic release of internalized emotions through in a socially acceptable manner. This is especially important in men who have problems expressing their emotions.

We would really like to express our appreciation to the donors and VET TIX for making it possible for our family to attend the Dallas Mavericks basketball game. It was a really exciting game and the whole family had a wonderful time. Thank-you for all you do to help service members and Veterans. What you do makes a real difference in people's lives.

 
United States Marine Corps Currently Serving
United States Marine Corps
Currently Serving

Posted by Michael on Jan 19th 2014
Event Attended: Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans - NBA
Event Location: Dallas, TX
Event Date: Jan 11th 2014
Tickets Donated By: Dallas Mavericks (NBA)

 

Why do our donors love us?

Vet Tix provides a rewarding and simple way for donors to give back!

Vet Tix enriches Veterans' lives, but we are also a benefit to donors. Since Veteran Tickets Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit foundation, individual ticket holders and businesses can receive tax deductions for their donations which they would not receive by donating directly to bases or military families.

The Vet Tix system is transparent. Venues, artist, teams get know that their tickets are used by our Military and our Veterans. Our verification system ensures that only qualified people get access to tickets and discounts. We provide easy methods to donate shipped, will-call, print at home or mobile delivery, with complete tracking along the process.

Vet Tix is an awesome organization! The fans that redeem the tickets are also awesome! Brandi Shannon has been my contact here and she makes everything run smooth.

 

 

Impact by the numbers

How much reach does Vet Tix have right now?

  • Vet Tix currently has 504,026 verified Vet Tixers
    • During the past 30 days Vet Tix has enrolled 16,960 new verified Vet Tixers (since December 24th 2016)
  • Vet Tix has distributed 2,644,976 tickets to 42,383 events since our start in 2008.
    • During the past 12 months Vet Tix has distributed 828,009 tickets (since January 23rd 2016)

Currently Serving Vet Tixers

Army45%

Air Force27%

Navy16%

Marines7%

Coast Guard5%

Veteran Vet Tixers

Army46%

Air Force19%

Navy18%

Marines15%

Coast Guard2%

Vet Tixers By Age

Age 18 - 201%

21 - 3030%

31 - 4033%

41 - 5021%

51 - 604%

61 +11%

Testimonials

Click To Read More Feedback from Cotton Bowl Classic - Western Michigan Broncos vs. Wisconsin Badgers - NCAA Football
On Jan 3rd Oscar Posted:
Thanks to AT&T Cotton Bowl, Western Michigan University, The Big Ten Conference, Wells Fargo-Dallas/Fort Worth, Republic Title of Texas, and all of the individual donors for providing tickets to an awesome game. The stadium was rocking from the action and excitement! Though Wisconsin won the game, it was a hard fought contest. Thank you for the great seats and the premier parking passes! Thanks to Vet Tix also for making it possible for my grandkids and I to witness this great matchup!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Cotton Bowl Classic - Western Michigan Broncos vs. Wisconsin Badgers - NCAA Football
On Jan 3rd Rick Posted:
Me and my family really enjoyed the game and atmosphere. Thank you Vet Tix and donors for all that you do.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona Coyotes vs. Calgary Flames - NHL - Lower Level Seating
On Dec 20th Phillip Posted:
There is something special and amazing about hockey. As my son says "It is better than magic!" A big THANK YOU to the donors. This was a great night and we had a blast. GO COYOTES! DESERT DOGS!
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Click To Read More Feedback from University of South Florida Bulls vs. Navy - NCAA Football
On Oct 29th ASHLEY Posted:
I would like to give a HUGE thank you to USF NCAA and the 1 individual donor that donated 4 tickets for me and my family to see the USF vs Navy game. This was our second time going to the Raymond James Stadium and of course it was just as fun as the first time. The seats were amazing. The crowd was very energetic and the game was very good. USF ended up taking the win over the Navy 52-45. I wore my Vet Tix shirt and several people said they wanted a shirt just like mine. Thank you Veterans Tickets Foundation!!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from 2016 Zaxby's Heart of Dallas Bowl - Army Black Knights vs. North Texas Mean Green - NCAA Football
On Dec 28th Anthony Posted:
Thank you Heart of Dallas bowl for these tickets! It was a great time with family and great to see the army football team get a bowl win!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Motel 6 Cactus Bowl - Baylor Bears vs. Boise State Broncos - NCAA Football
On Dec 28th Jason Posted:
Thank you to the Fiesta Bowl and Vet Tix for the great seats to the Cactus Bowl! Another family memory to cherish!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Honor Row - ASU Lady Sun Devils vs. Oral Roberts - NCAA Women's Basketball
On Dec 22nd David Posted:
Wanted to take a moment to thank ASU and vettix for such a wonderful opportunity to spend the day watching the lady devils win a great game! We had an incredible family thanks to your kindness and charity!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks - NHL
On Jan 11th Chris Posted:
Thank you so much to the Nashville Preds and Vet Tix. We had an amazing time at the game. One of the best finishes I have ever seen in a hockey game. The Preds Won!!!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from New York Rangers vs. Vancouver Canucks - NHL
On Nov 10th Rosendo Posted:
Special thanks to The Madison Square Garden Company and New York Rangers for an excellent outing! We had a ball with fellow Vets & Active Duty Servicemen! This was our first Rangers game ever & the seats, excitement and atmosphere were spectacular! Definitely something that you can't get a feel for while watching at home! I brought two of my sons, Roberto and Romeo and my good friend Dan Gunn, who is a fellow Navy Veteran. Roberto is a college student and a Navy Reservist. Romeo intends to serve when he gets older. Outings like this reinforce why duty & service to our great country is often met with gratitude & grace! Thanks again! Rosendo Núñez USN 1990-1996
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Click To Read More Feedback from Stockton Heat  vs. Ontario Reign - AHL Hockey
On Nov 21st GARLAND Posted:
Thank you so much for offering these tickets to my family. We had a terrific night. We do not get out often, so it makes these events all that more special.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Kraken Con - 3 Day Pass
On Nov 21st Richard Posted:
Thank you for the tickets. It was a great time for the whole family. Little story: My two year old is staring at all the different cosplay. Especially (not sure what character) a lady in a cat like cosplay. Full head piece so you can't tell its a person, feet and hands in furry paws. My son is little nervous and memorized at the same time. The lady trying to be nice takes off one of the furry paws to show that she was a person inside the costume. That freaked him out more then seeing this big cat walking around. He watched her like a hawk every time we came near her for the rest of the day. It was very cute and funny.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Detroit Pistons vs. New York Knicks - NBA
On Nov 3rd Kurt Posted:
Awesome job playing the game, Pistons...and great job at helping out a veteran. My family and I appreciate the tickets that you donated to VetTix, and ultimately, to us. We were honored to attend your game versus the New York Knicks. Final score Detroit 102; New York 89...was great to witness all of you win your third straight!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona Coyotes vs. Boston Bruins - NHL - Military Appreciation Night
On Nov 15th Todd Posted:
Thank you sponsors! My sons and I had a great time at the Coyotes game. It was our first NHL game, and my boys are still talking about how fun it was. Without your kind donations this wouldn't have been possible. We are all sincerely grateful for kind people like you.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Ben Hur Shrine Circus - Presented by the Cedar Park Center
On Jan 15th Larry Posted:
Cedar Park Center Group Sales thank you for an awesome evening of entertainment and excitement. My nephew, granddaughter, niece and I had an awesome time at the Ben Hur Shrine Circus. Thank you for supporting Military Veterans and thank you for donating tickets to Vettix.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Danny Garcia vs. Samuel Vargas Presented by Premier Boxing Champions Live on Spike
On Nov 13th Frederick Posted:
Thank you Vettix and Kings Boxing for the awesome boxing matches. It was a great experience and privilege to attend and spend Saturday night in the City of Brotherly Love.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona State Sun Devils vs. UTah - NCAA Football - Salute to Service Night
On Nov 12th David Posted:
Thanks so much to ASU and their continued support of the military and veterans! My family and I had an absolute blast! Wish the result was different.:( thank you for allowing me to share a wonderful evening with my family!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins  - NHL - Veteran of the Game - Please Read Before Claiming
On Dec 1st Randy Posted:
Thank you so much NY Islanders, VetTix & Barclay's for an amazing night! Absolutely a once in a lifetime experience. From the moment we arrived until we left the arena we were treated extremely well. Veteran of the Game recognition is truly an honor to receive. I was deeply moved by the reception of everyone at the arena. Countless people thanked me for serving this great country. Every home game the Islanders, Nets and the Barclays take time out to thank all those who serve, past & present. My moment in the sun will forever be remembered in my & my family's heart. I can't say enough about everyone involved in this process. I am eternally thankful & appreciative.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Shaggy - Live in Concert
On Nov 21st Daniel Posted:
This was a very special event. We were pleased to have had the chance to go. We met other VET TIX veterans and had a great time. Thank you to the donors for the opportunity.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Trans-siberian Orchestra Presented by Hallmark Channel - 8 Pm Show
On Dec 27th Jason Posted:
It wouldn't be Christmas without a TSO concert! Thanks to NC Management - Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Vet Tix for the great tickets to the awesome show!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Bob and Bings Road to Victory
On Nov 14th Donald Posted:
Wow....this was so much fun, we laughed throughout the evening! Thank you Higley Center for Performing Arts and to VET-TIX. We are already repeating some of the jokes that were told on stage! The performers looked the part and sounded the part too! Thank you again!
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