Veterans receive free concert, sporting event, family activity tickets

VetTix, VA team up in official partnership


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When over 400,000 Veterans and service members send pictures and thank you notes for the amazing experiences and life-long memories provided by a non-profit organization—free of charge, the impact is unquestionable. Photos of smiling families, happy couples, and close friends embracing, with a stadium or stage in the background, turn the words of a mission statement into reality. Veterans Ticket Foundation, or VetTix, makes this happen every day.

VetTix provides free tickets to Veterans and service members with the aim of reducing stress, strengthening family bonds, building life-long memories and encouraging connections with local communities. How it works: First, VetTix secures tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities. Then, Veterans sign up online, where their service is verified. Finally, members, or ‘VetTixers,’ request tickets to events that interest them, pay a small delivery fee and receive their free tickets.

“When our Veterans go to an event for free, we want them to enjoy, relax, spend precious time with their families, and feel a part of American life,” said VetTix CEO Mike Focareto. “That’s what we are committed to creating every day. And we’re excited to partner with VA to bring positive experiences to more, not only Veterans, but their families as well.”

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VA saw the incredible work VetTix is doing for Veterans across the country and signed a partnership between the two organizations, focused on improving Veterans lives. Officially called a Memorandum of Understanding, the agreement is centered in engaging Veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors to increase awareness of the resources available in both organizations. VA promises to give Veterans information on the VetTix program through social media, local facilities and email outreach campaigns, and VetTix promises to send VA information on who they are serving and the impact, plus, outreach to their member population on VA programs and services. It’s a win-win for both organizations.

“VA is thrilled to move forward on this official agreement with VetTix,” said Dr. Lynda Davis, Chief of VA’s Veteran experience office. “We’ve seen and heard the feedback and fruits of their labors and are excited to see what we can do together in continuing to serve our Veterans and their families. We are constantly looking for resources inside and outside of VA that improve the Veteran experience and quality of life, and VetTix feels like a perfect fit.”

‘Give Something to Those Who Gave’

VetTix is a national non-profit, non-governmental 501c(3) tax-exempt organization reporting a 95% charity rate, meaning 95 cents out of every dollar they receive goes back to the Veterans and military members they serve. They recently announced surpassing the 7 million tickets given mark.

Visit them at www.vettix.org for more information.

 

Disclaimer: The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services on the part of the VA

Author

Steven Clipp

Steve Clipp joined VA in 2017 with the White House/VA Hotline and is currently on detail as a communications specialist with the Veteran Experience Office. Steve, a Navy Veteran, served as an electronics technician in Fighter Squadron 31 (VF 31-F/14s) on-board the USS Abraham Lincoln. Using the GI Bill, he graduated from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

Comments

  1. Joan Scales/Roland T Scales    

    I’ve been totally unable to sign up my husband even though scanning his service records. Not an easy process. He is signed up at ID me, and we get emails from them. He is 82 years old and I’m sad that he cannot enjoy tickets to events he would enjoy.

  2. richard savard    

    I never accepted a free ticket or a free meal based on my service and never will. I do accept the Comp & Pen I receive from my fellow-Americans monthly but the idea of showing up with my hand out for free stuff is otherwise abhorrent to me.

    1. Jennifet Binder    

      It is the same principle as your pension Richard, you earned it. Further, you deny fellow-citizens the joy of doing something to show their appreciation to veterans.

    2. James Murphy    

      For a long time, I had the same thoughts as Mr Savard I changed my point of view after a discussion with a person that donates tickets to events. His thoughts were veterans, for the most part, veterans do not ask or accept free hand out based their status as a veteran. He then submitted he is offering gifts as a token of his appreciation. He then asked if I accept samples if offered at Costco? He said the I have been offered the samples based upon my membership in Costco as a qualification to for given the food sample. His idea is he does not offer a handout nor do veterans ask for one. He also suggested the donor may have an attitude of his appreciation is not good enough to be accepted.. For thought

  3. Killeen Martinez    

    The last concert I won tickets to using VetTix was a Ticketmaster event. I was directed to TM’s website where I had to sign up and go through several pages before claiming my vouchers. Then I started receiving several emails a day from TM which I did not want for events I was not interested in attending. So basically, VT pimped my name out to TM. And I’m sure they profited from this. I had to unsubscribe several times from TM because once wasn’t enough. I contacted VT to share my thoughts and heard nothing. So I took my name off their site. Now if I want tickets to a baseball or concert I walk up to the booth and buy them. I can enjoy the show and not be bombarded with advertisements in my email box.

  4. Jimbo Jones    

    I ha e been with Vettix for 5 years now. I have been to a dozen events every year. There is a lot events. Sometimes I have to pay the 3rd party fees but it usually $12, I get four tickets every time. I don’t take advantage of military discounts ever, I’m proud of what I accomplished in the 10 years I served. I don’t feel anyone owes me anything. I’m just not that person, but for the hard work vettix dose for us that served, is truly amazing. Especially when I get 4 tickets too enjoy some time with my grand kids. Most of the vettix volunteers are Veterans themselves.

  5. Dorothy Dillenburg    

    I attempted to sign up but when I was told I had to submit copies of my retiree ID card, DD214, and retirement certificate, knowing other senior enlisted veterans were not required to do that, and knowing about all the stolen valor, then realizing all my retired senior enlisted veteran friends were all male, and I’m a female, I said NO THANKS!! Good Ole’ Boys Club alive and well!

  6. Dave Emmett    

    Seems like the same people get the tickets every time. I’ve tried a few times and no luck. It’s easier to save up for a couple of years and buy the ticket yourself.

  7. Nelson Velazquez    

    Would like to take my kids to a football game

    1. carmen    

      Use the following link to sign up for tickets: https://www.vettix.org/ref/331738

  8. JERRY P STANKOVICH    

    I have a VA CARD & ID ME ALSO WILL NOT LET ME IN TO APPLY FOR TICKETS

  9. Kim Lee    

    It does not appear this offer is going to be easy to take advantage of. There is nothing saying how this is done or the timelines.
    Thanks

    1. carmen    

      Follow the link: https://www.vettix.org/ref/331738 and follow the instructions to sign up

  10. Lorna Kennedy    

    My husband refuses to sign up or even hear the details because he thinks it’s a scam.

    1. Timothy hughes    

      It is definitely not a scam, I was suspicious at first but went with a friend to a NBA basketball game, not knowing at the time it was thanks to vet tix. Since then I’ve started using the tickets to make my daughter’s dreams of seeing some of her favorite bands a reality. Thank you vet tix

    2. Andrew    

      I felt the same way at first, especially when going through the verification process. Proof of Service is required, so it’s either a scan of your DD214 or current orders or maybe LES (?). Not sure, as I joined after Retirement, but they do stress to block out your SSN and that they delete your form after verification. I appreciate and respect the level of vetting, so as to ensure that TRUE Vets & their Families benefit from what this great Organization tries to do. it is completely legit. I have been to many Nationals games, a few soccer matches, a pre-season Ravens game, concerts & festivals. Just a couple of Vets that started something great back in 2008 (?). Another bonus is that you are usually sitting in a section that is all VetTix recipients, so the Military Comradery & networking can continue (or some Service Rivalry drinking!). I donate $ & tix when able to: “Pay it Forward”. – A/ATW

  11. Joel M Garza    

    Funny how you see all these folks receiving benefits but NO instructions or links to show how they got them!!!…… Really SAD!!!!

  12. Alejandro Vaughn    

    Hello. How do you sign up?

  13. Robert Baranello    

    I live in Richmond Maine now
    Moved with girlfriend
    Would love to go to an event
    I am a proud Veteran USMC

  14. James Ronald Utphall    

    I had the same experience on multiple occasions- the verification process is multi- flawed.
    Finally gave up

  15. JESS JONES    

    I can not make the web sight work for me.

  16. Dennis Rogers    

    I would love some free tickets and more information about it

  17. Dennis Simonson    

    I tried to enroll and had difficulty. So, I donated in hopes of getting access to a human I could speak with. I really want to enroll, but continually get rebuffed. PLEASE have someone contact me, Thanks

    1. MM James    

      I had the same problem, enroll, wait to get verified and nothing happens. Try to sign back in again to restart the process and site claims it doesn’t recognize the sign in. Endless cycle and nothing. Gave up.

    2. Robert Koehler    

      I’m a navy veteran I’m homeless trying hard to get help with the VA. I think any program that will help the men who gave there time for their country is great.

  18. Ervin Green    

    VetTix is NOT a scam! I’ve had the pleasure of attending various events using this service. Do yourself a favor and at least look at it. https://www.vettix.org/ref/365828

    THANK YOU VETTIX!!!!

  19. James Marsh    

    I live near Laughlin Nevada and not too far from Las Vegas. Where would I check for availability of tickets for vets in these two cities?

    1. Dottie Chanil    

      I am in the Washington, DC area, pls. tell me how would I get free tickets to events close by. I am a veteran.

      1. Andrew    

        Lots of events in the DC area, especially Nationals games. Website walks you through the registration process, be patient. Proof of Service is required. I scanned in my DD214 since I was Retired. Not sure what First Responders use, but if you use Code# 465181 when registering, we both receive “Coins” that are used when requesting premier, high profile event tickets. Enjoy! – A/ATW

        Military can go to: https://www.vettix.org/ref/465181
        First Responders can go to: https://www.1sttix.org/ref/465181

    2. carmen    

      If you have an account you click on the tickets tab. Please use this link: https://www.vettix.org/ref/331738

  20. oscar john ortiz    

    iam ur single veteran who needs free tickets.

  21. Donald Crossan    

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband! God bless you with the strength to carry on!

  22. Brent Richey    

    How can I get tickets and is there anything for Branson,Mo. ?

  23. Ellen M McClure    

    I would like to utilize this service

  24. NANCY P GRIEGO    

    How do get tickets? I live in the Kansas City area. What type tickets do I get?

    1. carmen    

      When you sign up you can setup filters for tickets.

  25. Harold West    

    How do I sign-up to get the Vetix

    1. carmen    

      Please use the following link to sign up:

  26. Arthur Yogy Weinberger    

    Your organization provides a great service for my fellow disabled veterans. Thank you for kindness and generosity.

    MSC(SS)Arthur Yogy Weinberger, USN Retired

  27. Kevin Dewayne smith    

    Please send information for free tickets
    To my email address thank you it’s a great thing

  28. Jeff Jones    

    Just go to vettix.org and sign up. It’s easy and can be done in minutes! I’ve been using Vet Tix for over two years and have gone to dozens of great concerts, sports events, and other things like the Georgia Renaissance Festival, Comicon, etc for FREE! They do charge a small service charge, but it’s very small compared to the value of the tickets! For example, I got four tickets on the 30 yd line at last year’s Peach Bowl at M ercedes Benz Stadium for only $14.97 – that’s not for each ticket, but all four! I LOVE Vet Tix!

  29. Eugene Moody    

    How do I sign up for free sporting events?

  30. Ralph Edwards Alexander    

    I very much appreciate your help.

    1. Brad markell    

      It’s just another scam to screw over vet’s who have already been screwed over. Don’t give up your personal info. You’ll never live it down with constant barrage of emails and unwarranted text messages. Trust me

  31. Angie Caporiccio    

    I love VetTix and I can’t wait to help more Veteran’s when I retire in a few years and can
    volunteer to take Vets to medical appointments etc. We need to take care of one another.

  32. Jerome Smith    

    How do I sign up for tickets?

    1. carmen    

      Use the link: https://www.vettix.org/ref/331738
      and sign up with your information and your service will need to be verified with TroopID

  33. David Archie Rabon    

    I would like to receive free tickets to the event mentioned. I am a vet and would like to know how to join VetTix. I am on SSDI and income is limited so this would help greatly with getting out to see other people.

    1. Paul Rodriguez    

      Hey David. you have to go to https://www.vettix.org make an account and then you can apply for the fee tickets. heads up, its a mixed bag. sometimes its yankees tickets, other times its less impressive stuff.

  34. Amelia Smith    

    I love the opportunities provided by VetTix. However I don’t always take pictures of me at the event. When I try to provide a thank you note on the VetTix site it doesn’t allow my comment to post without pictures.

  35. MICHAEL NORRIS    

    Are you still eligible if you’re only rated at 70% disabled? The tickets are only sent on a requested basis correct? How much is the small delivery fee?

  36. Richard A. Monahan    

    How do I sign up? I am handicapped and used to go to sporting events but now that I need a scooter to get around I’m reluctant because of the stairs at sporting events. I know that some venues have handicap access but do all of yours and do your tickets have handicap access. Thank you

    1. carmen    

      The fee is approximately $15 for tickets requested. Doesn’t matter if you get one or four. All veterans are able to sign up regardless of disability percentage.

    2. Loren Meredith    

      How do I sign up? I see a lot of people asking, but no

    3. carmen    

      Please use the following link: https://www.vettix.org/ref/331738
      There is an option for handicap friendly seating when reserving seats.

  37. Carl Brinkley    

    I would like to join vertical!

  38. naaman ontiveros    

    I am 100 percent disability Vietnam veteran,it is awesome what you guys are doing.You having giving me courage,to fight and right to what I gave 40 months of my life serving in Nam.VA is still trying to not complete or give me what is due to me.

  39. Annie Johnson    

    How can I & my husband both join vettix we are both veterans? Does the program costs anything?

    1. carmen    

      No cost to the veteran.

  40. Kevin jackson    

    I tried Vet tix last year and they were great

  41. George Calcut    

    Received a box seat, totally isolated from the good seats regarding this event. Given the opportunity to pay for expensive drinks, etc. Very likely that whoever donated the box seats got a nice tax write-off at my displeasure. When I complained, I was removed from vetfix.

  42. Malcolm Nickelson    

    This is my first time singn into this US Army from 1989-1999

  43. Summum Bonum    

    I have attended more concerts, plays and sporting events in the past few months than I have in my previous 49 years of life. Thank you Vettix for making this option available for veterans. Yes, there are some strict rules that must be adhered to, and if not, there are real consequences ranging from brief suspensions, longer suspensions, and indefinite suspensions.
    Because of these strict rules, I make it a point to make every effort to attend the events. I always leave feedback with a photograph of myself and family members; it’s the least one can do for getting something for free (or almost free). Sometimes I have a family member cancel at the last moment leaving me scrambling looking for a replacement. One time I accidentally requested tickets for a venue that was over 400 miles away forcing me to drive over six hours to attend the event or face suspension for a no show. Some events can be booked weeks in advance, but if something else comes up, there is no way to return the tickets, so be careful. While it is a net plus, there are still a few gotchas, so use the service wisely.

  44. Richard N. Lang    

    I would like to know more about free tickets.

    1. carmen    

      Please use the following link to sign up: https://www.vettix.org/ref/331738

  45. STEPHEN Gibbs    

    I am Vietnam Army Veteran 1970 – 1971 100% S.C. since 1990. I am 68. Living in Las Vegas NV. WITH my wife 17 years. This will be GREAT ……..

  46. johnny a nettles    

    I’m a veteran, why do you send something like this. I have paid my dues, why you want to charge ?

  47. Frederick Wright    

    I will like to receive free tickets

  48. David Drury    

    Very appreciated outfit! Had an awesome time in Las Vegas for a Kiss concert. Thank you so much!!

    SFC David Drury USA
    1991-2011

  49. Tracye Wilson    

    Hello! This is great and I am only just learning about it. How do I, as a Veteran sign up for VetTix?

  50. Tracye Wilson    

    Hello! This is great and I am only just earning about it. How do I, as a Veteran sign up for VetTix?

  51. Lee    

    I dont think its fair i was in the navy and had a great eight years 2000 to 2008 got in a little encounter and got out on an oth. Iam still a veteran got my vet card and everything i can go to the va but your saying bc i got out on an oth iam not able to get vettixs. I dont think thats fair. Not putting anything down about this its a great thing your doing but iam a vet and can prove it but can get vettixs bc of oth

  52. Lee    

    I dont think its fair i was in the navy and had a great eight years 2000 to 2008 got in a little encounter and got out on an oth. Iam still a veteran got my vet card and everything i can go to the va but your saying bc i got out on an oth iam not able to get vettixs. I dont think thats fair. Not putting anything down about this its a great thing your doing but iam a vet and can prove it but can get vettixs bc of oth

  53. Daniel W Ochoa    

    I would love Queen tickets for disabled veteran in ohio

  54. steven j torre    

    real nice idea. we used it one time . was in nose bleed section. other closer seats were 10 dollars only. be nice if descent seating was given.

    1. Neil Davis    

      I think the location is dependent on what the donors provide. We were fortunate enough to go to a Casting Crowns concert where we sat 7th row, stage-side. Vet Tix provides a great service!!

    2. AJ Raiber    

      Keep using them. We have gotten “nose bleed” tickets, but we have also gotten VIP Club seats as well. It is a wide array of seats that appear to be donated.

    3. Annie Johnson    

      I have disability with server pain all over my body, oh well

  55. Bruce A. Moore    

    100% service connected Army retired Abn, SF looking to join and if possible get information on how to get tickets ….
    There is an event coming up at …. The palace theater in Wisconsin dells in Wisconsin on the 27th of August ….
    My wife’s birthday …. How could I get tickets through tix vet ? …. Thanks for your time .. Bruce

    1. renee Caseman    

      Bruce just go to website and sign up make sure you check the boxes to receive notifications if not them log in go to the current tickets, open events, and select the city and state.

  56. Angel Berrios    

    I had a great time going to see Pride Fighting with my two tickets from Vettix!!! Thanks

  57. William G Singer    

    I am rated 100% VA Disabled, how do I receive free
    Tickets? USAF TSgt Ret.

    1. carmen    

      Sign up using the link: https://www.vettix.org/ref/331738

      Then you can check out the free tickets in your area.

  58. James G Norrie    

    I’m going tonight to See Breaking Benjamin with 3 Days Grace and Dorothy, thanks to VetTix! Cannot Wait! I have been to at least 25 events through VetTix, and have never had bad seats!

  59. Rebecca Silva    

    We are so Thankful to the sponsors that donate to make it happen so many of us are Thankful our childreen really appreciate it just to see the big smile Thank you Sponser , Thank you Vett for helping us God Bless America

  60. Debra Worley    

    Since joining my husband and I have attended 4 concerts now! With the past year being financially difficult, it has been a nice break from reality to be able to attend a show! We even took our 4 year old to his first concert. We are Blessed. Thanks Vet Tix!

  61. Shannon wins    

    Vet Tix requires participants to submit pictures of their families or they will suspend your account. All those “thank you” notes are required.

    1. James G Norrie    

      That is simply not true. It is encouraged, but not required

    2. Kenneth Brooks    

      Your statement is so untrue. VetTix requires that if you win tickets you must attend or be suspended briefly. Veterans can claim more “coins” by sending a pic of themselves at an event but in no way are they required. If you send a pic of yourself wearing VetTix gear, you win even more coins to bid on future events. Shame on you for spreading this falsehood.

    3. Mike Foca    

      Not fact… they don’t require participant to say thank you… but, if you want to say thank you they require a picture…

      and if your request is flagged for security reasons and you want to continue with getting the tickets you agree to submit a thank you with a photo. Failure of agree flag clearing requirements will get you suspended some days

      These rules have adapted over time and the reason is people taking ticket and not using them as intended. Bad people mess stuff up for ALL of us.

      So, what you posted was not factual at all…

    4. Adam Lee wayne Pettigrew    

      I suppose it would be much better to be ungrateful, eh? A selfie having a hell of a time at a free ass event is more than fair, I would think.

  62. Jean H McCue    

    My husband signed up for Vettix and we attended a few events. He has since passed away. I was wondering if the spouse of a deceased veteran can join. Thank you.

    1. Donald Crossan    

      I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband! God bless you with the strength to carry on!

  63. Latania Winfrey    

    Vettix is awesome I just went to my first concert made possible by them and had a wonderful time. It felt great to go and do something normal!!!! It was a true blessing!

  64. charles gibson    

    Being a disabled veteran i find it hard to go to out amongst the public. With bet Tix I know I will be around my fellow service members and I give a feeling of security.
    Being on a fixed disability income it also affords me a chance to go to events that I would otherwise never be able to attend. Every time I receive a lottery winning bid I add a donation to the charitable funds to show my appreciation. Vet Tix is the best veterans participation program that has ever existed.

  65. Linda Starr    

    Can widows of service connected disabled vet join?

  66. Jamie Mobley    

    That’s so great! VetTix is a fantastic organization and the donors are incredibly generous. Here’s to an excellent partnership!

  67. Ray Buhrmester    

    My family and I received tickets for the Heart concert in Maryland Heights, Missouri and we had a great time. We visited with other veterans seated next to us and it was awesome. Glad to see the VA supporting them. Semper Fi!

    Ray Buhrmester
    Sgt. USMC
    1986-1995

  68. Jennifer Roddy    

    Fantastic service, we recently joined vettix as my husband is army veteran and the amount of donated tickets for events in our area is simply amazing. So very blessed this service exists, doing our first ball game from vettix in August, very exciting stuff. Great organization to support

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