Vet Tix expands to include first responders

Eric Dehm
October 04, 2018 - 6:59 am

1st Tix

Since their organization started in 2008, Vet Tix has given over 5 million tickets to events, with over half of those being provided to the military and veteran membership in just the last 2 years. Those who are serving, or have served, have been able to enjoy events like the Super Bowl, Taylor Swift concerts, and countless others for a mere $15 handling fee. And now, the non-profit is spreading the love as they have launched a new program that will provide the same services to another group of uniformed professionals.

1st Tix will allow first responders, including Police, Firefighters and EMTs to enjoy the same access to donated tickets previously restricted to the military and veteran community. Steve Weintraub, who serves as Vet Tix/1st Tix Chief Strategy Officer while also serving as a Colonel in the Marine Corps Reserves, says the expansion to include first responders was a no-brainer for the Vet Tix team.

"It's our way to say thank you," Weintraub said during an appearance on the Morning Briefing radio show. "Spend some time with your friends and your family at an event for a couple hours a day, or an afternoon... you missed a lot of birthdays or special events with your family. So by taking them to these events, it's just a way to make up for that lost time."

He says one of the other benefits of the Vet/1st Tix programs that's often overlooked is that when those vets and responders are attending events, they'll often find themselves in good company. 

"The cool thing is that a lot of times these tickets are donated in blocks," Weintraub said. "So when you're at an event, you're sitting in the same section, next to, in front of, behind, other veterans, other service members, other first responders. So you're kind of sitting with members of your tribe."

Veterans and first responders can verify their service through ID.me. Once that's done, he says signing up for either Vet or 1st Tix will take a matter of moments, at which point they'll be able to browse the current selection of events. You can enter drawings, or request "first come first served" tickets immediately.

You can hear the full interview with Vet Tix CSO Steve Weintraub below. To listen later, click "Share" and select "Download"

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