Mission and Impact

Who do we serve?

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.

 

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 VetTix 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. Vettix 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 VETTIX 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 will call tickets, electronic tickets or paper tickets, with complete tracking along the process.

Oregon State Athletics began working with Vet Tix back in the 2012 Football season and the partnership has been nothing short of amazing! We were having difficulty with filling our stadium for non-conference football games due to our student body not yet being in class. We wanted to accomplish two things, fill the stadium and provide an opportunity to those that would normally be unable to attend. The working relationship with Veteran Tickets Foundation helped us accomplish both goals. We were able to move a couple hundred tickets in a matter of days.


Eddie and his staff makes it so easy to donate tickets to the organization. The ability to send tickets electronically makes life managing inventory much easier.

Another aspect of the relationship that I personally enjoy are the testimonials from those that used the tickets at the event. When I receive the link, just reading the gratitude shows that this partnership is a win for everyone and one that I see continuing for a very long time.

Cecil Hairston
Assistant Athletic Director for Ticket Operations

 

 

Impact by the numbers

How much reach does Vet Tix have right now?

  • Vet Tix currently has 434,127 verified Vet Tixers
    • During the past 30 days Vet Tix has enrolled 14,870 new verified Vet Tixers (since July 26th 2016)
  • Vet Tix has distributed 2,215,772 tickets to 37,171 events since our start in 2008.
    • During the past 12 months Vet Tix has distributed 696,480 tickets (since August 25th 2015)

Currently Serving Vet Tixers

Army46%

Air Force26%

Navy15%

Marines7%

Coast Guard6%

Veteran Vet Tixers

Army47%

Air Force18%

Navy18%

Marines15%

Coast Guard2%

Vet Tixers By Age

Age 18 - 202%

21 - 3033%

31 - 4033%

41 - 5020%

51 - 604%

61 +8%

Testimonials

Click To Read More Feedback from World Wrestling Network and Evolve Wrestling Present Evolve 66
On Aug 20th michael Posted:
Thanks for the tickets. Me and my children enjoyed the show.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Guns N ' Roses: Not in This Lifetime
On Aug 17th Jeffrey Posted:
A huge huge thank you to Live Nation for donating tickets to Guns N' Roses. It was an amazing show and seeing how happy Axl Rose looked on stage rocked. My sons and I had a great time. Thank you Live Nation and thank you Vet Tix!!! Your kindness and generosity mean far more than you realize.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Phillip Phillips and Matt Nathanson - Live
On Jul 26th Travis Posted:
Thank you for the opportunity to see a great concert last weekend. The continued generosity of Vettix and Live Nation in providing tickets to Veterans in truly appreciated. Thank you!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona Rattlers vs. Cleveland Gladiators - AFL Playoffs Conference Finals
On Aug 15th Glenn Posted:
WOW! I keep putting in for the Rattlers tickets because it's such a great game, Every Time. Thanks Vettix, Suns, and Rattlers. It's always a great evening. I'd like to point out Nick Davila, your Quarterback. He saw my Submarine Hat and took time to take a picture with us and thanked me for my service. Also, Neal Bendesky, who is a VP for the Rattlers. He has a love and passion for what he does, and a great respect for Veterans.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Kenny Chesney Live in Concert With Miranda Lambert,  Sam Hunt and Old Dominion - Arrowhead Stadium
On Jul 17th Jon Posted:
Thank you for the tickets to this great concert! I took my family to this event which was my 11 year old son Miles first concert. He was amazed at the lighting and sounds. Keep up the great work Vettix and donors. This event would not have been possible financially for me without your generosity. Jon
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Click To Read More Feedback from Kenny Chesney - Spread the Love Tour With Miranda Lambert,  Old Dominion,  Big and Rich - Lincoln Financial Field
On Jun 26th David Posted:
Thank you sooooooo much for the tickets. I was able to take my kiddos to their first concert ever and they loved it. We had a blast and are forever grateful. What you do for Veterans is amazing. Thank you!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from New York City FC vs. New York Red Bulls - MLS
On Jul 5th RAY Posted:
To the donors thank you, to Vettix Thank you so much my family and I had had such a great time at the game. Great military appreciation day nycfc finally was able to win they first game ever against the NY red Bull and we were there to witnesses. Thank you so much Vettix and others Donors my family and I really appreciate.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Dixie Chicks - Dcx World Tour Mmxvi With Special Guest the Heavy and Josh Herbert
On Jun 13th Lawrence Posted:
Thanks so much for the tickets to this show. I was able to reunite with a childhood friend who is I. The band
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Click To Read More Feedback from Kane County Cougars vs. Clinton Lumberkings - MILB
On Jun 20th Travis Posted:
Thank you so much. We had an amazing time time and we had amazing seats. We can't wait till next time. Thank you very much Kane County Cougars.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas: Future Now Tour
On Aug 15th Jorge Posted:
Thank you so much for the tickets VetTix!! My girls had a blast at this concert, they truly enjoyed and we could not thank u enough for your hard work and dedication to us troops. Thank u from the bottom of our heart.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Miami Marlins vs. St. Louis Cardinals - MLB
On Jul 30th Patrick Posted:
Thank you Miami Marlins, MLB, Ballpark Buddies, and other Vet Tix donor for the great tickets. My children and I had a blast at the game. Your support of veterans and vettix.org is much appreciated.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Darius Rucker: the Good for a Good Time Tour With Special Guest,  Dan + Shay and Michael Ray
On Jun 27th Tiff Posted:
Thank you! My family had an amazing night. It was a great start to my daughter's Summer vacation and her first concert! I appreciate the opportunity to have these experiences...that without generous donors, my family would not have an opportunity to enjoy.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Shrek - the Musical - Presented by the Tulsa Project Theatre - Saturday
On Jun 5th Chad Posted:
Had an amazing time last night with the family. The musical was amazing. My daughter will be telling stories about this for sometime. Thank you.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Guns N ' Roses: Not in This Lifetime With Special Guest Lenny Kravitz
On Jul 25th Kenneth Posted:
Thank you to Live Nation for donating tickets to Guns N Roses. This was my daughter's first concert and she enjoyed every minute of it. The band exceeded my expectations and was one of the most entertaining concerts I've been to in a while. Thank you again!
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Click To Read More Feedback from The Earth - an H. D. Odyssey
On Jun 9th Stephen C Posted:
Great show integrating the pictures and score. Thank you Phoenix Symphony for another generous gift that I as able to share with my son and granddaughter! Thanks Vettix!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Ensemble 212 Annual Young Artist Showcase Concert
On Jun 16th Gary Posted:
A heartfelt and humble thanks to Yoon Jae, conductor & artistic director of Ensemble 212 for the generous tickets. I proudly posed with Yoon Jae in the picture. Jane & I were treated to the Annual Young Artists Showcase Concert. A definite highlight was the solo performance by eleven year old Ian Maloney on the Violoncello. Watching the young talent was awesome and definitely inspirational.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Flogging Molly - Live
On Aug 7th Kenneth Posted:
Live Nation is awesome. Thank you so much! You make us feel so special and give us events we may not be able to afford.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Sugar Shane Mosley vs. David Avanesyan - USA Takes on Russia - Boxing at Gila River Arena
On May 29th Robert Posted:
Thank you VetTix for a fun night out.
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Click To Read More Feedback from James Taylor - Live in Concert
On Jun 20th Tiffany Posted:
Outstanding evening with James Taylor! This Veteran is so very thankful to have attended this event. Many thanks to the Tucson Convention Center for the great seats and magical evening. Your support of our nations Veterans and their families is greatly appreciated!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Hot 103. 9 Presents - Brat Pack Movie Series - the Outsiders
On Jul 23rd Denise Posted:
Thank you to VetTix & the Riverside Fox Theater. The movie was great, it's been years since I have seen it. Everyone enjoyed it, at the end the audience clapped, it was cool. Thanks again.
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