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 VetTixers 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 VetTixers 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.

VetTixers 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.

The Vet Tix Foundation has been a great organization to work with over the past few years. They are able to distribute tickets directly to Veterans that we likely would not be able to reach on our own. Vet Tix often sends us "thank you" notes from veterans that receive tickets and wanted to share their experience with us. They have proven to be a great tool in aiding us to reach some of our military fan base and have really streamlined the process for us. We look forward to work with Vet Tix this coming season and the future.


Demetrius Grant
Seattle Mariners

 

 

Impact by the numbers

How much reach does Vet Tix have right now?

  • Vet Tix currently has 1,781,147 verified VetTixers
  • Vet Tix has distributed 10,970,370 tickets to 127,266 events since our start in 2008.
    • During the past 12 months Vet Tix has distributed 1,414,200 tickets (since December 1st 2020)

Currently Serving VetTixers

Army37%

Air Force29%

Navy20%

Marines8%

Coast Guard6%

Veteran VetTixers

Army44%

Air Force20%

Navy20%

Marines14%

Coast Guard2%

VetTixers By Age

Age 18 - 201%

21 - 2920%

30 - 3931%

40 - 4922%

50 - 5916%

60 - 696%

70 +4%

Testimonials

Click To Read More Feedback from Michigan State Fair
Kurt USAF Vet and Family Posted:
Thank you so much, Michigan State Fair, for the tickets to the fair, as well as the circus. We attended both the fair, as well as caught the circus; played lots of games, and, of course, rode some rides. Wouldn't have been a great fair without all of the clowns to see, cotton candy to eat...everything. We all had a ball! A true gift that is much appreciated, on behalf of my family and myself.
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Click To Read More Feedback from North Carolina Tar Heels vs. UNC Asheville - NCAA Men's Basketball
Aaron Wright Posted:
Thanks so much for letting my boys experience their first ever Heela game!! This was the best time ever!!! Heel yeah!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Washington Wizards vs. New Orleans Pelicans - NBA
Riley Posted:
Thank you Monumental Sports for donating the tickets. My family really appreciate the organization for giving us the opportunity to watch live games. Thanks again.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Eric Church: the Gather Again Tour
Joe ortiz Posted:
My family and I would like to thank the Messina Touring Group, LLC for their donation of tickets to this event. It was our boys first ever concert experience and they had such a good time
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Seattle Mariners - MLB
Hunyb Posted:
Great game even though we lost in the 11th inning. Free jumbo jacks are always nice thanks to home runs hit ;). Thank you VETTIX and the Arizona Diamondbacks for giving my family such an exciting experience!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Florida Panthers vs. Nashville Predators - NHL Preseason * Doubleheader *
Bob Posted:
Thank you Florida Panthers for the generous donation of tickets so my family could attend Sunday’s game. The game had more excitement than expected with many goals, overtime and a shootout. Even though it was preseason a great start for the Panthers. Thanks again for the generous donation.
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Click To Read More Feedback from DC United vs. Columbus Crew - MLS
Anthony Posted:
Thank you DC United for a great game!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Maroon 5
Blen Posted:
Thank you Live Nation for the generous donation of Maroon 5 tickets! It was a wonderful evening watching one of my favorite groups with my family! It feels so good to be back listening to live music again! Thank you!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Texas Rangers vs. Cleveland Indians - MLB
Aaron K Posted:
Thank you VetTix for helping me make life long memories with my son. We had some awesome time! Go Rangers!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Penn State Nittany Lions - NCAA Men's Hockey
Bob Posted:
Thank u Ohio State Athletics and NCAA for the AWESOME seats and great time! My grandson has a surgery this week and I wanted to show him a good time before being laid up for a while to recover! Thank you so much!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Orlando Solar Bears vs. Norfolk Admirals - ECHL
Evan Posted:
Thank you OSB for the tickets!! It was a great game and we all enjoyed it!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Circus Vargas
Anzaldo Family Posted:
Thank you Circus Vargas and Vettix. We loved the show. It was my son's first time at the circus and over 20 years since my last visit. Certainly a night to remember.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. Navy - NCAA Football
Beck Posted:
Thank you University of Notre Dame for the tickets to yesterday’s game.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Cookout Southern 500 - NASCAR Cup Series - Doubleheader
Nathan Posted:
Thank you to A Great Place to Sit for the tickets to the race, our family had a blast
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Click To Read More Feedback from Phoenix Mercury vs. Las Vegas Aces - WNBA Playoff Game 2021
M.Hernandez Posted:
Thank you APS for donating the tickets to the Phoenix Mercury playoff game. It was thrilling and exciting to watch them play, we could feel the excitement in the arena from the crowd. We had a great time. Thank you for all that you do for us veterans, it means a lot to us.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals - NFL
Jay Posted:
Thank you Vettix for giving me the opportunity to attend a Seattle Seahawks game!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Kool and the Gang
Daniel Woodruff Posted:
Many Thanks to Sweetwater Pavilion and Vet Tix for the fabulous concert last evening. Kool and The Gang was awesome. The crowd was fantastic and made for a great time.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Jeff Dunham: Seriously
Jeremy Ray Morris Posted:
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I received these tickets from VetTix TWO years ago, but the pandemic put this event on hold. What a great way to end a pandemic than with comedy for this veteran and his kids!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Herman's Hermits Featuring Peter Noone
Bob Immler Posted:
Thank you so much. They were great seats and it was a wonderful show.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Brad Paisley Tour 2021
Philip Posted:
Vet Tix, thanks for a great time. We had a blast!
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