November 21, 2016, PHOENIX – Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) and the Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) today announced a new partnership to support the nation’s caregivers who provide extraordinary value through their selfless support of service members and veterans of all ears who live with wounds, illness, and injury.
Through the partnership, Vet Tix and MVCN will leverage the organizations’ combined resources to offer community-based recreation and entertainment opportunities that promote family and peer sharing and contribute to an improved quality of life for service members, veterans, families, and caregivers.
MVCN hosts programs that help meet the needs of caregivers for peer connection and engagement and Vet Tix helps caregivers and their loved ones get out in their community by providing free tickets to a wide range of entertainment events.
“’Take care to give care’ is an important focus of National Caregiver Month in November. Ensuring that the caregivers of our nation’s veterans have easy and affordable access to recreation, entertainment and respite with family and friends is one way we can help them care for themselves and those they love,” said Dr. Lynda Davis, MVCN executive director. “This great partnership with Vet Tix will help ensure that our nation’s hidden hero caregivers are able to enjoy special moments, and make more memories, as they support those who have served.”
About six million Americans—including parents, children and even friends—care for wounded, ill and injured military service members and veterans across all branches of service. Caregivers often put others before themselves, which can sometimes result in poor health, emotional stress and feelings of isolation.
“Caregivers are essential to the wellbeing of our nation’s injured service members and veterans,” said Mike Focareto, CEO of Vet Tix. “We want to be able to provide an enjoyable opportunity for caregivers to not only help strengthen family bonds, but to integrate them with their peers. A caregiver’s service and commitment to their service member cannot be repaid, but our hope is to provide them with a unique experience that will help alleviate stress and keep them involved with their local community.”
Since 2008, Vet Tix has given service members, veterans and their families over 2.4 million free tickets for a small delivery fee, including a projected 700,000 tickets in 2016 year alone. There are over 460,000 Vet Tixers across the United States, including currently serving military and veterans of all eras, as well as Gold Star families.
ABOUT VET TIX
Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation supporting our military community. Vet Tix provides free event tickets to currently serving military, veterans and Gold Star family members to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. 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. In gratitude for their service and to support their reintegration, Vet Tix is dedicated to giving back to those who gave so much.
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ABOUT MILITARY AND VETERAN CAREGIVER NETWORK
Nearly 6 million Americans care for wounded, ill and injured military service members and veterans of the pre and post-9/11 eras. These “hidden heroes,” which include parents, spouses, children, extended family members, friends and battle buddies, are often overwhelmed. They face significant challenges including scattered resources, isolation, poor health and emotional stress. The MVCN supports caregivers of all ages, eras, and stages, offering peer support and access to partner organizations’ resources and services, with the goal of increasing caregivers’ connectedness, hopefulness, wellness, knowledge, and skills. To learn more about MVCN, follow us on Facebook or Twitter or visit milvetcaregivernetwork.org.