Vet Tix hooks up troops, veterans with free tickets

Vet Tix hooks up troops, veterans with free tickets

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Got a game, race or concert you want to catch, but it’s already sold out or you just don’t have the funds to make it happen?

The Veteran Tickets Foundation — or Vet Tix, for short — might be able to help.

In fact, the group has already scored free tickets for more than 1.5 million troops, veterans and their family members.

It started seven years ago when Navy veteran Mike Focareto couldn’t help but notice the empty seat next to him at an NFL game. And then he saw another. And then a few more.

“I wondered at the time how many veterans were missing out on that ‘All-American’ experience for which they sacrificed. Vet Tix was born that day and it has grown into a thriving word-of-mouth program benefiting thousands of military families,” says Focareto, Vet Tix founder.

Indeed, in the last year alone, Vet Tix has delivered more than 500,000 tickets.

The idea is simple enough: Find unused tickets and put them in the hands of current and former service members who’d like to use them.

Ticket donations come from everyone from big promoters and venues to local colleges and pro sports franchises and even individual season ticket holders who can’t make a particular game.

Recent ticket giveaways have ranged from the Cubs-Giants game in Chicago to the Kelly Clarkson concert in Denver.

Signing up is easy. Go to to create a free account and request events you’re interested in.


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