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.

5-hour ENERGY recently worked on an MLB project with Vet Tix, providing tickets to our military and veterans for games with teams such as the Dodgers, Yankees, White Sox, Cubs, and Angels. We have also partnered to make dreams come true as part of their Hero's Wishes program with donation of tickets for NFL games and NASCAR races.

The concept is easy and the reward enormous, it was an honor to give back to our veterans and see the tickets go to good use. Vet Tix doesn't just take hand-outs, they treat their sponsors with appreciation and esteem, which is evident from the gratitude shown by their fans and followers.

Melissa Skabich, Communications Director, 5-hour ENERGY

 

 

Impact by the numbers

How much reach does Vet Tix have right now?

  • Vet Tix currently has 479,578 verified Vet Tixers
    • During the past 30 days Vet Tix has enrolled 13,524 new verified Vet Tixers (since November 7th 2016)
  • Vet Tix has distributed 2,534,303 tickets to 41,078 events since our start in 2008.
    • During the past 12 months Vet Tix has distributed 778,129 tickets (since December 7th 2015)

Currently Serving Vet Tixers

Army46%

Air Force26%

Navy15%

Marines7%

Coast Guard6%

Veteran Vet Tixers

Army47%

Air Force19%

Navy18%

Marines15%

Coast Guard1%

Vet Tixers By Age

Age 18 - 202%

21 - 3033%

31 - 4032%

41 - 5020%

51 - 604%

61 +9%

Testimonials

Click To Read More Feedback from University of Texas Longhorns vs. Iowa State - NCAA Football
On Oct 16th Brian Posted:
Thank you to the University of Texas for allowing us to attend. We had a such a great evening together as a family. My kids loved watching the game and all of the excitement that goes along with college football environment.. Once again thank you for allowing us to have such a fun night out as a family.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Lone Star Brahmas vs. Amarillo Bulls - Regular Season Home Opener - Nahl
On Oct 13th Stephen Posted:
Thank you Lone Star Brahmas for what you do for the veterans. I took my 8 year old daughter to the game. She loves Daddy-Daughter Hockey Night at Brahmas games.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Texas Renaissance Festival  **any One Sunday Only**
On Nov 29th Bruce Posted:
A big thanks to The Texas Renaissance Festival! My family was able to enjoy some much needed quality time! Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - MLB
On Sep 25th Gilberto Posted:
Very many Thanks to The Texas Rangers for their donation to VetTix. This support has allowed my kids and I to enjoy a few of the games here and root for our favorite MLB team from the bleachers instead of the couch at home. Your support is greatly appreciated.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona Coyotes vs. Philadelphia Flyers - NHL - Opening Night
On Oct 17th A. Garza Posted:
BIG thank you to the Arizona Coyotes for allowing me and my family to attend opening night. My girls had such a wonderful time they are still talking about!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Sky Blue FC vs. Portland Thorns FC - National Womens Soccer League
On Sep 26th Chelsea Posted:
Thank you Sky Blue FC for these tickets. My kids were able to enjoy a night out with me. My husband just deployed last week and to have a fun night out was just what they needed. I was also able to spend the evening with other fellow veterans and get to know them. It was a fantastic night. Thank you again. This night really meant a lot to me.
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Click To Read More Feedback from New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina Hurricanes - NHL - Hoops for Troops Night!!
On Nov 9th Justin Posted:
There are few words that I can say besides Thank You to express my true gratitude to VetTix. This was my youngest daughters first Hockey game and it has been a long time since we had fun together at an event similar to this. She had a great time and I most certainly did as well all thanks to VetTix and the donor's who provided the tickets. It is because of support like this, that makes me know Veterans come first. Thank You!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Army vs. Navy Cup V - Collegiate Soccer
On Sep 27th Brian Posted:
Thank you to the Philadelphia Union and Vet Tix for the opportunity to see the Army Navy soccer game. It was a fantastic evening spent with my son who loves soccer. Army won the match 1-0. Keep up the great work Vet Tix!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies - MLB
On Sep 15th Tiffany Posted:
Thank you so much Arizona dimondbacks for the tickets! My kids loved watching you beat the Rockies for a 3 game win in a row! Keep it up!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Dallas Sidekicks vs. Tacoma Stars - Masl
On Nov 23rd Patrick Posted:
Thanks to the Dallas Sidekicks for the tickets. We had an awesome time!
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Click To Read More Feedback from New York Islanders vs. Edmonton Oilers - NHL
On Nov 6th Alexander Posted:
THANK YOU VERY MUCH to the New York Islanders for being so kind and generous for providing my family with tickets to the game. It is very much appreciated. Thanks again!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Detroit Pistons vs. Denver Nuggets - NBA Hoops for Troops - Military Night
On Nov 8th Derek Posted:
Thanks for the opportunity to attend the game with my family.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Bravo Broadway - Friday
On Oct 5th Gary Posted:
Thank you so much for the tickets. It was a wonderful show!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Texas Tenors - Saturday
On Nov 27th Jeffrey Posted:
Thank you to the Phoenix Symphony for another fantastic performance! The Texas Tenors put on an amazing show and your playing couldn't have been better. All of you do a fantastic job. My family and I really enjoyed it! Thank you again and a huge thank you to Vet Tix as well!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Blake Shelton: Presented by Gildan
On Oct 1st Scott Greenough Posted:
Thank you vettix.org!!!!!! It was an awesome show Blake Shelton played for 2 and half hrs it was the best concert iv ever been to the seats were great thank you thank you to those who gave these tickets you people are the best thank you thank you. You gave me a awesome experience with great memories that I will have for the rest of my life so thank you again
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Click To Read More Feedback from Shostakovich's Leningrad Symphony - Friday Performance
On Oct 22nd Mark Posted:
What an amazing night. As always I could not have picked better seats if given the chance. Thank you VetTix for making date night extra special.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Francisco Giants - MLB
On Sep 12th Leslie Posted:
Thanks to UHC for the tickets. Good game.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Slide Across America - Worlds Largest Inflatable Waterpark
On Sep 26th Paul Posted:
Thank you so much to Slide Across America for an awesome event. This was the most fun our family has had in a long time. The lines were so short and we enjoyed hours of playing. We loved the zip lining, hamster balls, water slides and carnival rides. The smiles on my children's faces were priceless. Thank you again!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Dierks Bentley - Somewhere on a Beach Tour 2016
On Sep 16th WILLIAM Posted:
Thank you Live Nation for letting me take my family to a GREAT concert. We really appreciate all that you do for our military past and present.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Carrie Underwood - the Storyteller Tour- Stories in the Round With Special Guest Easton Corbin and the Swon Brothers
On Oct 23rd Tyler Posted:
Thank you, VetTix and AEG Live for the Carrie Underwood tickets! We had a fantastic time and really appreciate it! The music was fantastic and the show was phenomenal!
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