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.

"UNC has been proud to partner with Vet Tix for several years based on their strong commitment to serving veterans and their proven ability to execute donations to a large and verified database."

Tim Sabo
Assistant Athletic Director, Ticket Operations

 

 

Impact by the numbers

How much reach does Vet Tix have right now?

  • Vet Tix currently has 720,254 verified VetTixers
    • During the past 30 days Vet Tix has enrolled 17,414 new verified VetTixers (since January 20th 2018)
  • Vet Tix has distributed 4,030,834 tickets to 60,221 events since our start in 2008.
    • During the past 12 months Vet Tix has distributed 1,330,222 tickets (since February 19th 2017)

Currently Serving VetTixers

Army42%

Air Force28%

Navy18%

Marines7%

Coast Guard5%

Veteran VetTixers

Army45%

Air Force19%

Navy19%

Marines14%

Coast Guard3%

VetTixers By Age

Age 18 - 200%

21 - 2925%

30 - 3934%

40 - 4922%

50 - 5912%

60 - 695%

70 +2%

Testimonials

Click To Read More Feedback from 2017 Foster Farms Bowl - Arizona Wildcats vs. Purdue Boilermakers - NCAA Football
On Jan 3rd Richard Posted:
Thank you for the Tickets! They were great seats at a great game. (Other than Arizona losing). We had a great time being near the band. We had a blast and now one of my kids wants to join the School band!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Brantley Gilbert: the One's That Like Me Tour
On Feb 17th Walter Posted:
Great night at the Brantley Gilbert concert! Thanks VetTix for a wonderful family night out!
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Click To Read More Feedback from USA Hockey vs. Canada - US Olympic Exhibition - Women's Hockey
On Dec 18th Richard Posted:
Thank you for the tickets! My son had a great time waving the American Flag and rooting for USA. Sadly we didn't come up on top but luckily its only an Exhibition!!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from 2017 Cactus Bowl - Kansas State Wildcats vs. UCLA Bruins - NCAA Football
On Dec 30th Brian Posted:
Awesome experience. Thank you so much for the opportunity to take my son and friend to this event. We were surrounded by other Veterans who were equally as grateful. Thank you so much.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in Concert - Friday
On Jan 6th Bradley Posted:
We can’t Thank Phoenix Symphony enough for such a wonderful night. Our nine year old Nephew, Mason was able to see the Phoenix Symphony Orchastra for the first time and loved it! He had seen the movie 5 times and on the way home said seeing music live was the BEST! Thank You again for giving this family such a magical night. Brad
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Click To Read More Feedback from Marquette Golden Eagles vs. Georgia - NCAA Men's Basketball
On Dec 6th Prosper Posted:
Thank you donor and VETTIX for a n enjoyable game. Always fun cheering on MU. Thank you.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Kansas City Mavericks vs. Indy Fuel
On Feb 17th kevin Posted:
Much thanks to the Kansas City Mavericks & VetTix for the chamce to go see last night's game. We led pretty much tell the last half of the third period and I was sure we were going to break our February losing streak last night.... will get 'em tomorrow!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Xtreme Fighting Organization - Xfo - Rocktown Showdown 31 - Mixed Martial Arts
On Nov 26th Jermie Posted:
Thank you vetix my son and I enjoyed a boys night out full of wings,beer (for me not him), and good action. He really enjoyed himself. Thank you again.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Big Church Night Out With Newsboys
On Dec 6th Cory Posted:
We had such a blast! Thank you vettix!!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals - NFL
On Jan 1st John Brletich Posted:
Thank you again VetTix for the tickets to go see the Baltimore Ravens final game of the season. Had a great time making memories with my son.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Allen Americans vs. Rapid City Rush - ECHL
On Jan 26th Chris Posted:
Great time with the kids! Thanks so much for the tickets!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Barrett Jackson - the Worlds Greatest Collector Car Auctions - 1 Ticket Equals 2 - Sunday
On Jan 29th michael Posted:
Thanks Vettix, the car show was amazing. My son's loved it.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Lone Star Brahmas vs. Odessa Jackalopes - NAHL
On Dec 5th Jessyca Posted:
Thank you so much for the tickets to the game! My kids and I enjoyed a much needed "date night" filled with excitement and cheers for our home team.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Peppa Pig Live - Surprise
On Dec 10th Roxanne Posted:
Thank you so very much to Creative Artists Agency for the opportunity to see Peppa Pig Live! Our 4 year old was fully entertained and enjoyed herself immensely. Without your kind donation we would not have made the drive to San Francisco and had the opportunity to witness a great production. Thank you, again!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Allen Americans vs. Wichita Thunder - ECHL
On Jan 27th Miles Posted:
My family wants to thank the Allen Americans sponsors and Vettix for the tickets. My family had a great time and we really enjoyed the hockey game. Thanks again Allen Americans and Vettix for giving my family a great night.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Ontario Fury vs. Tacoma Stars - MASL
On Feb 16th James Posted:
The fury put on a great game and met with the fans afterwards to sign autographs. How wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to attend this family event.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Katy Perry: Witness the Tour
On Dec 16th David Posted:
Thank you AEG for the Katy Perry concert tickets. My wife and I had a great time and the seats were amazing.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Arizona Storytellers: New Veteran's Narratives
On Nov 28th SoftailCarrie Posted:
It was a nice evening. Great sound and captions were nice. The darn seating was uncomfortable tho, benches or folding chairs: rough with no padding for bad lower backs. The host didn't mind my older couple not showing up, she said something about her price point being off anyway. I was concerned the whole program that one of them was ill or worse, but they just forgot to put it on their calendar. Whew! They are in their 80s= forgiven. Thank you to The Storytellers Project and Vetttix!
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Click To Read More Feedback from Puccini's Tosca - Presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra
On Feb 12th Robert Posted:
We had a great time when we attended the opera Tosca presented by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra in Hagerstown, Maryland. The show was outstanding in every way. An extremely impressive venue as well. We sincerely appreciate the tickets that were donated by the Maryland Symphony Orchestra and to VetTix.org for making this event possible for us to attend.
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Click To Read More Feedback from Brahms First Symphony - Saturday
On Jan 23rd Gregory Posted:
What a spectacular performance by the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra! Thanks so much to Vettix for providing the tickets
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