VetTix is a company that shows appreciation to our Veterans and their families with free event tickets. And this blog will tell you all about how it works, and how to sign up for it.
A few months ago a friend of ours sat with his wife in the audience at Symphony Hall in Phoenix to enjoy hearing the orchestra who was accompanied by Phoenix Symphony Chorus. Tickets to the symphony usually cost between $25 and $120, but for our friend Aaron and his wife, who were sitting in some of the best seats in the house, there was no charge.
Aaron served for 4 years in the Air Force and as a veteran is participating in a program called VetTix where he is given tickets to cultural and sporting events at no charge.
What is Vet Tix?
VetTix.com is the website for the Veteran Tickets Foundation (VTF) which is a nationwide non-profit, 501c(3) organization based in Phoenix AZ. VTF was established in 2009 by Michael Focareto, who is a disabled US Navy veteran. The concept for VetTix came to Michael when he was given a ticket to attend the 2008 Super Bowl between the Giants and the Patriots which was held in Phoenix, AZ. As he sat watching the game he noticed that the seat next to him was vacant the entire time—a Super Bowl seat went unused! He thought, “Someone gave me a ticket, why couldn’t this seat next to me have been given to another veteran?” The vision was sparked and Michael was the man to make it happen – he started procuring and giving away event tickets to veterans in 2008.
In 2009 the Arizona Diamondbacks professional baseball team donated 40 tickets to be given to veterans to attend. VetTix received a good amount of publicity and since then more than 1.9 million tickets have been distributed to more than 400,000 military families. The retail value of the tickets exceeds $66 million dollars.
How to sign up for VetTix?
If you or a friend are: currently serving in the military; primary next of kin or spouse of a service person who was Killed in Action’ or are an honorably discharged veteran, you are eligible to participate in VetTix. Just go to VetTix.org and sign up for the program. You’ll need to read the instructions on how to verify your status. It’s a relatively simple process that our son-in-law, Nolan completed it in about 15 minutes.
How does VetTix work?
Once you sign up, you earn 2 appreciation coins each month just for being part of VetTix. The coins are used to buy chances to win tickets for events. I coin per chance to win a ticket in the initial lottery draw. You can earn 15 more appreciation coins by referring friends, or by wearing VetTix gear to events and sharing photos on social media (10 appreciation coins).
When you want to attend an event, you simply search the site, find an event you want to attend, then submit your name and coins for the event. There are events listed in all 50 states for all kinds of events including concerts, ballet and symphony performances, football, baseball, basketball and even roller derby events. Tickets are awarded through a lottery system so there is some lag time from when you submit your request to the time you find out if you’re going to the event.
The system is very fair and organized. Once you create your account on the website you can read all of the rules, additional ways to win appreciation coins and about other services that VetTix offers.
What can civilians do to participate in VetTix?
If you have purchased tickets for an event and are unable to attend, consider donating your tickets to VetTix. Of course, you’d have to give them some lead-time. If you’re part of an organization that sells tickets to events, consider donating a few seats to the Veteran’s Ticket Foundation. You’ll get a tax write off and a veteran will get a blessing. The link for anyone wanting to donate tickets is: http://www.vettix.org/donate_tickets.php
Of course, VetTix could benefit from cash donations which can also be made on their website.
However you participate, VetTix is a great way to show appreciation to our military families.
If you or someone you know could qualify to signup for VetTix, could you share Nolan’s info so he can get a 15-coin bonus? He doesn’t know that we’re asking you to do this, but we thought it could be a kind of belated wedding present for them (they were married in July) so he could take our daughter Becky to some of the cool events where VetTix has been provided tickets.
Here’s Nolan’s sign-up link: http://www.VetTix.org/ref/436679