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.

Arizona Athletics has worked with VetTix on multiple occasions with outstanding results. VetTix has the ability to receive and distribute electronic tickets in addition to printed tickets which has been a great help as we generally need to allocate a large number of tickets quickly. VetTix has given Arizona Athletics the opportunity to say "thank you" to our veterans and at the same time fill every seat in the venue, which is a victory for everyone involved.

Darren L. Graessle
Director of Ticket Operations

 

 

Impact by the numbers

How much reach does Vet Tix have right now?

  • Vet Tix currently has 515,906 verified Vet Tixers
    • During the past 30 days Vet Tix has enrolled 11,162 new verified Vet Tixers (since January 27th 2017)
  • Vet Tix has distributed 2,722,413 tickets to 43,828 events since our start in 2008.
    • During the past 12 months Vet Tix has distributed 855,789 tickets (since February 26th 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 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 New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals - NHL
On Feb 1st Jimmy Posted:
A huge thank you to the New York Islanders NHL for the tickets to the hockey game! We truly had a wonderful time!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Lone Star Brahmas vs. Wichita Falls Wildcats - NAHL
On Dec 19th eric Posted:
thank you so much. We always love the Brahmas and the family friendly atmosphere
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Click To Read More Feedback from Zoppe: an Italian Family Circus - Sunday
On Jan 9th Gerard Posted:
Our 3 yr old grandson was ecstatic. First time he clapped at an event. His grandparents (wife and I) were besides ourselves. Thank you Chandler Center for the Arts. Thank you Zoppe. Truly a hearfelt day with the showmanship and intimacy all the entertainers showed us. It was family first and foremost, ours and theirs. Nino Lives!
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Click To Read More Feedback from New York Islanders vs. Montreal Canadiens - NHL - Veteran of the Game - Please Read Before Claiming
On Jan 28th john Posted:
This was an amazing experience. I was able to enjoy it with my kids and friends... what a great time! Thank you so very much .
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Click To Read More Feedback from Ben Hur Shrine Circus - Presented by the Cedar Park Center
On Jan 17th Robert Rodriguez Posted:
Wow, my son's first experience at the circus thanks to Vet-Tix and donors!
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Click To Read More Feedback from The Octonauts Live! From Disney Jr
On Dec 3rd ASHLEY Posted:
I would like to give a big thank you to Creative Artist Agency for donating tickets to The Octonauts Live! From Disney Jr. We all had a blast. The kids really enjoyed the interactive parts of the show. I usually wear my Vet Tix shirt but I didn't have time to change after work. My son did wear his Vet Tix hat. Again thank you Veterans Ticket Foundation for this wonderful opportunity!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Olate Dogs - Santa Paws Holiday Show
On Dec 12th James Posted:
Dear Visalia Convention Center, Your wonderful generosity was greatly appreciated for the tickets to the Olate Dog Show. It's great organizations like yours that show support for veterans that others could emulate. Semper Fi, James
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Click To Read More Feedback from 2016 Belk Bowl - Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Virginia Tech Hokies - NCAA Football
On Jan 1st Brian Posted:
So grateful to the University of Arkansas and Vet Tix for our free tickets to the Belk Bowl. It was my daughter's first football game and we had a wonderful time. The seats were fantastic...3 rows up from the field. Happy New Year and thanks again! Blessings, Brian
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Click To Read More Feedback from Cagezilla 43 - Mixed Martial Arts - Presented by Cagezilla
On Dec 11th Nathan Posted:
WOW. What a great event! Thank you VETTIX and to the sponsors for providing these tickets. This was the familie's first MMA event and we loved it! We greatly appreciate your support of the veterans and will be sure to pass the word on both your organizations.
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Click To Read More Feedback from The Nutcracker Performed by Ballet Arizona - Evening
On Dec 28th Paul Posted:
Thank you to Ballet Arizona for the most memorable experience for my family. We took my 86 year old grandmother and it will be something she remembers forever. She couldn't stop talking about the great seats we got and how beautiful the show was. My 7 year old sat in awe all night. We had a great time. Thank you again!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Brad Paisley - Life Amplified World Tour With Special Guest Chase Bryant and Rising-star Lindsay Ell
On Feb 20th Steven Posted:
Thank you very much to AEG Live for these tickets. My Spouse Shirley, daughter Alicia and Granddaughter enjoyed ourselves very much. It was a great night out with the family. Thank you again.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Washington Wizards vs. Detriot Pistons - NBA
On Dec 17th Udo Posted:
Thank you for the tickets.
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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 Joshua Posted:
Such a great time!! Thank you so much for your generosity!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Mamma Mia - Farewell Tour - Heroes Night
On Dec 8th Bruce Posted:
Mamma Mia! was GREAT! I was smiling and laughing through most of the the show. The performers were amazing. ASU Gammage really did a great job making us veterans feel special on Heroes Night. Thank you so much ASU Gammage.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Phoenix Suns vs. New York Knicks - NBA
On Dec 17th Jesus Posted:
Thank you Phx Suns for a beautiful win. Thank you VET TIX for all you do for veterans.
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Click To Read More Feedback from New Jersey Devils vs. Florida Panthers - NHL
On Jan 10th sean Posted:
Thank you New Jersey Devils and Vet Tix for a great game
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Click To Read More Feedback from Marana Laughs Presents: the Hypno Zone - Michael Deschalit
On Feb 6th Patrick Posted:
This was a great show. thank you for making it so I could take my family from out of town to see the hypno at work.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Pacific Northwest Ballet - Cendrillon - Saturday
On Feb 12th Angel Posted:
Thank you to Vettix and Pacific Northwest Ballet for donating these marvelous tickets! My mother (also a vet) and I thoroughly enjoyed our first ballet performance; the costumes, dancers, and setting were all amazing! And, we got to meet a fellow veteran and introduce him to Vettix. It was a day well spent!
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Click To Read More Feedback from The Nutcracker Performed by Ballet Arizona
On Dec 21st Ian Posted:
Thank you VetTix and Ballet Arizona for a truly amazing night! It was definitely a memorable way to celebrate the season!
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