Military life is hard work. So when the work day is done, it’s a nice break for the members of our military community – whether currently serving or veterans -- to head out on the town with family or friends to see a concert or catch a ball game. Events like this are a great way to spend much-needed time with family or re-integrate after a deployment.
Unfortunately, tickets to these events aren’t cheap.
That’s where Vet Tix comes in. Veteran Tickets Foundation, or Vet Tix, is a national nonprofit that supports the veteran and military community with free community-based event tickets ranging from concerts to professional sports games. It kicked off in 2008 when founder and CEO Mike Focareto noticed several empty seats around him at Super Bowl XLII in Arizona and thought about how the men and women serving our country could enjoy being there. Since then, Vet Tix has distributed over 2.5 million tickets to the military community.
So how does it work? In a couple of different ways.
Vet Tix works with major sports teams, entertainers, promoters, organizations, donors and venues to distribute tickets. Vet Tix also accepts donated tickets. If you’re interested in donating tickets, simply head over to their website and click on the “Donate Now” button.
If you’re looking to get some tickets, go to the Vet Tix website, register, and then browse all the available tickets in your area. They use a lottery system to ensure that everyone has a fair chance to receive event tickets.
Vet Tix also has a program called “Hero’s Wish” that grants special wishes to qualifying personnel. Through this program, members who meet certain criteria can request specific tickets for any single event, and then donors help to fulfill that wish either by ticket donation or by donating money.
Interested in learning more about Vet Tix? Visit their website and search through all the events they have to offer.