In honor of Giving Tuesday and the holiday season, consider giving currently serving military and veterans the gift of a special event ticket
PHOENIX, AZ – The national nonprofit Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) achieved a major milestone of distributing one million tickets and counting to all branches of currently serving military community, all eras of veterans, and their families, including immediate family of those killed in action, and VetTixers caregivers.
Event tickets range from a host of sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities, all with the purpose of strengthening bonds and giving our nation’s military personnel, veterans and their loved ones an experience to remember for years to come. Currently serving military and veterans are even able to request tickets on behalf of their military caregiver to send those who care for them out to an event with other peers.
Based on Vet Tix’s 2016 Annual Survey findings, 60 percent of veterans report attending two or fewer events per year, but that number doubled after joining Vet Tix. While at events, it’s quite common that VetTixers are seated in the same sections as other VetTixers to establish comradery and help strengthen peer bonds within the military and veteran community. An Army veteran who attended a concert through Vet Tix said, “As a veteran dealing with PTSD, I do not often go out into large crowds. Being seated in a great area with easy access to the exit to get space when needed and being seated with other veterans was very helpful.”
As the holiday season approaches, Giving Tuesday is an incredible opportunity to give back to those who have given so much. Today, more than 650,000 verified veterans and currently serving military have officially registered as VetTixers and can enter lotteries for tickets through the Tickets for Troops program through their website.
“We are proud to state as of October 30, 2017, we’ve distributed 1,018,188 tickets so far this calendar year.” said Mike Focareto, CEO of Vet Tix. “Our stretch goal for the calendar year was to hit that milestone for the first time so we could add more memories for our VetTixers. Thanks to all our donors and VetTixer network, we were able to do exactly that! Our 10th anniversary will be in 2018 and I can tell you this was our vision and hope when we started, but it was just an audacious pipe dream. Now onto 2 million!”
Live Nation has been Vet Tix’s top donor to date with donated tickets valuing more than $4 million. It is because of sponsors and donors like Live Nation that has enabled Vet Tix to serve so many deserving people.
Vet Tix has sent VetTixers to top events in 2017 to include the Final Four NCAA Basketball championship game in Phoenix, Arizona, Hamilton the Musical, a New York Yankees game for Vet Tix’s 3 millionth ticket distributed, U2, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan, NBA, WNBA, NHL, NFL, MLB games and much more.
With this month being National Veterans and Military Families month, Vet Tix is proud to serve veterans and their families year-round. To learn more about Vet Tix and how to get involved, visit the sign-up page and to hear what VetTixers have to say about their events, visit the VetTixer Testimonial page. Consider making a donation to help a veteran or their loved one attend an event this holiday season by visiting our Donation page.
ABOUT VETERAN TICKETS FOUNDATION:
Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a national nonprofit that supports the military community of all branches of currently serving military including the Guard and Reserve, veterans of all eras, and their families, and includes caregivers and family of those killed in action. Vet Tix provides free event tickets with a nominal delivery fee to attend sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. Attending these types of community events improves morale and strengthens family bonds, while encouraging service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities. Since 2008, Vet Tix has provided more than 3.5 million free event tickets to over 650,000 verified VetTixers, giving back to those who have given so much. Visit VetTix.org to learn more, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.