Nonprofits Provide Free Tickets for Military
Thursday, April 9, 2015
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Providing event tickets free of charge to current U.S. troops, veterans, and the families of those killed in action is the purpose of the national nonprofit Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix). Vet Tix currently has about 300,000 verified military in its system, and last year it gave out more than 400,000 tickets. The outfit has circulated nearly 1.3 million tickets in all 50 states since its 2008 inception. Vet Tix works with almost all Major League Baseball teams, and has sent military and their families to hockey, basketball, football, and NCAA games, in addition to various family shows such as Disney on Ice. Season ticketholders also can donate tickets to the program in return for a tax write-off. Another nonprofit group, Operation: Care and Comfort (OCC), initiated the Tickets for Troops program in 2004 to send military to events for free, in conjunction with several sports teams, venues, and promoters such as Live Nation. “We work really hard to raise the money, so if we buy tickets, we expect the promoters to kick in and do their part to support the military too, and it works out fantastic,” says OCC's Julie DeMaria. OCC gave out about 30,000 free tickets in 2013 with a face value of $1.5 million. OCC also has sent military and their families to movie premieres, a monster truck event, museums, wineries, and concerts.
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