Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton and Lorde. What do these three mega-artists have in common? Their shows are helping Veterans and service members who struggle with post-traumatic stress (PTS) find new hope. While cheering crowds, roaring music and shaking stadiums may not sound like an ideal environment for Veterans or service members struggling with PTS, many Veterans are finding relief in attending these types of events. Typically, the cost alone for attending such events is preventative. But through Vet Tix, not only are Veterans and service members attending more events, they’re often attending and sitting alongside of other Veterans and service members – giving them a sense of security, helping them reintegrate into their community, and connecting them with their comrades all at the same time.
“We had been to many concerts when we were active duty Marines, but haven’t had much time or money to go and see one in a few years. Taylor Swift’s concert was, by far, the best concert we had ever seen, and I couldn’t believe that someone was nice enough to donate these tickets. It really helped us through a rough patch we were having. He is a combat Veteran with PTSD, and I have a lot of health issues from my service, so we rarely get to do something like this without one of us being very uncomfortable. Luckily the staff, the crowd, and the location were exactly what we needed to make it an enjoyable night.” – Shay (U.S. Marine Corps Veteran)
“The concert was incredible. The first thing I did after it was buy a couple Lorde albums to keep listening. With PTSD, having such a positive experience in a crowded location, is making me more comfortable day-to-day trusting leaving my house.”-Ragnar (U.S. Army Veteran)
“I am a Marine Corps Veteran and joined Vet Tix to help with my PTS symptoms. I am not a fan of crowds or loud noises, and I’m trying to get out of my comfort zone. When I was donated four tickets to see Blake Shelton, my anxiety level went through the roof: 1) due to excitement and 2) I was hoping it would be something I could do successfully. Me and my ‘plus 3’ had a phenomenal night!! I am one step closer to managing my anxiety in crowds and loud noises because you donated tickets for Veterans! I’d love to go to another concert or event soon!” – (U.S. Marine Corps Veteran)
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Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) is a national 501(C)(3) nonprofit that supports all branches of currently serving military, including the Guard and Reserves, Veterans of all eras, their families, including immediate family of those killed in action, and caregivers of VetTixers. 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 6.4 million free tickets to over 1.2 million verified VetTixers. The nonprofit organization spends over 95 percent back to its programs, giving back to those who have given so much. Visit VetTix.org to learn more, and follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.