Mission and Impact
ALL Branches of our Military and their Families:
- ALL Immediate Family of any Troops Killed-In-Action.
- ALL Currently Serving Military and their Families.
- ALL Honorably Discharged Veterans and their Families.
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.
- Community and Family
- Adapting and Overcoming PTSD
- Support and Recognition
- The Missing Gaps
- Military Discounts
- What Kind of Events?
- Why are These Events Important?
- Donors and Vet Tix
- Impact by the Numbers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 will call tickets, electronic tickets or paper tickets, with complete tracking along the process.
Impact by the numbers
How much reach does Vet Tix have right now?
- Vet Tix currently has 395,661 verified Vet Tixers
- During the past 30 days Vet Tix has enrolled 9,802 new verified Vet Tixers (since April 28th 2016)
- Vet Tix has distributed 2,028,587 tickets to 34,352 events since our start in 2008.
- During the past 12 months Vet Tix has distributed 623,646 tickets (since May 28th 2015)
Currently Serving Vet Tixers
Veteran Vet Tixers
Vet Tixers By Age
Age 18 - 202%
21 - 3033%
31 - 4033%
41 - 5020%
51 - 604%