PHOENIX, AZ – Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) and DAV (Disabled American Veterans) today announced that they have partnered to expand both organizations’ reach in the military community by providing opportunities for military personnel to connect with their peers. The collaboration will ensure that disabled veterans are able to attend a wide range of events for free in their community.
Vet Tix has served the military community since 2008 with resources and opportunity for reintegration through community-based events. Veterans, service members and families of those killed in action can sign up to receive tickets to major sporting games, concerts and a range of other events in the performing arts. Vet Tix has distributed over 2.8 million tickets to more than 500,000 VetTixers.
Vet Tix understands the importance of providing for disabled service members and veterans and plans to work with DAV to increase the number of veterans with a service-connected disability who are VetTixers.
“One of the most critical elements of the physical and emotional healing process for injured and ill veterans is a connection to a strong social network,” said DAV CEO Marc Burgess. “Vet Tix is really doing a great service to veterans by helping keep them engaged and we’re proud to be working alongside them.”
DAV is a nonprofit that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families. The organization helps more than one million veterans each year, offering expert benefit claims counseling and representation to nearly 300,000 veterans each year and providing no-cost rides for veterans to attend medical appointments. DAV is also a leading organization in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, annually hosting dozens of job fairs which have resulted in more than 24,000 job offers since the program’s inception in 2014.
The DAV Charitable Service Trust (CST), an independent 501(c)(3) organization that provides grants to support services not offered by DAV, has already awarded Vet Tix with two grants which will assist in increasing the number of tickets available for deserving veterans and their families. Vet Tix and DAV are also working closely with major ticket donors to find accessible seating for any disabled VetTixer or family member who may need specific accommodations to successfully attend an event.
“Our new partnership with DAV will continue to bring veterans and service members together in their communities, which is an essential aspect of positive reintegration,” said Mike Focareto, CEO of Vet Tix. “When a disabled veteran may need some extra care and assistance to successfully attend an event, Vet Tix can serve as an advocate for that veteran and their family.”
ABOUT THE VETERAN TICKETS FOUNDATION:
Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a national non-profit that supports the military community by providing free event tickets to currently serving military, veterans and family members of those killed in action, allowing them to attend sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. Since 2008, Vet Tix has provided more than 2.8 million free event tickets to over 500,000 verified VetTixers, giving back to those who have given so much. Military and veterans experience many difficult transitions as they reintegrate into their families, communities, and eventually, into civilian life. Attending events improves morale, strengthens family bonds through shared interest and encourages service members to stay engaged with local communities and American life. Visit VetTix.org to learn more, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
DAV empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; providing employment resources to veterans and their families and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.3 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.