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13 March Events With Free Tickets For Vets And Service Members
Spring training baseball in Arizona. Professional bull-riding in Texas. College basketball in Vegas. These are just a few of the hundreds of events across the country that the nonprofit Veteran Tickets Foundation, Vet Tix, has tickets available for right now.
Since 2008, Vet Tix has provided veterans, service members, caregivers and family members of those killed in action with more than 2.6 million free tickets to major sports games, concerts, and a diverse mix of other ticketed events.
Below are just 13 of the hundreds of events currently available at VetTix.org. Every event on this list has at least 100 donated tickets available for Vet Tixers.
March 8 Las Vegas, Nevada: 2017 Men's Pac-12 Basketball Tournament
March 10 San Antonio, Texas: LFA 6 – Junior vs. Rodriguez – Mixed Martial Arts
March 10 Houston, Texas: Cowboy Mouth – Live in Concert
March 10-11 North Little Rock, Arkansas: Professional Bull Riders
March 16-19 Salt Lake City, Utah: Sportsmen’s Expo
March 18 Rosemont, Illinois: Chicago Wolves vs. Grand Rapids Griffins – AHL – Adopt-a-dog Night
March 19 New Orleans, Louisiana: New Orleans Pelicans vs. Portland Trailblazers – NBA
March 30-31 Fern Park, Florida: World Wrestling Network and Evolve Wrestling Present Evolve 80-81
March 31 Glendale, Arizona: Arizona Coyotes vs. Washington Capitols – NHL
March 31 Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Detroit Pistons
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March 7 Bradenton, Florida: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Atlanta Braves, Military Appreciation Day – MLB Spring Training
March 9 Goodyear, Arizona: Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Angels – MLB Spring Training
March 20 Goodyear, Arizona: Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – MLB Spring Training
How do you get these tickets, which are free except for a very small delivery fee?
To become a Vet Tixer and request tickets to these and hundreds of other events, visit VetTix.org to create a free account. Once you’ve created an account and verified your military service, you can review hundreds of upcoming events across the country.
While the U.S. military wants to keep roughly 8,600 troops in Afghanistan, the Taliban's deputy leader has just made clear that his group wants all U.S. service members to leave the country as part of any peace agreement.
"The withdrawal of foreign forces has been our first and foremost demand," Sirajuddin Haqqani wrote in a story for the New York Times on Thursday.
In the wee hours of Jan. 8, Tehran retaliated over the U.S. killing of Iran's most powerful general by bombarding the al-Asad air base in Iraq.
Among the 2,000 troops stationed there was U.S. Army Specialist Kimo Keltz, who recalls hearing a missile whistling through the sky as he lay on the deck of a guard tower. The explosion lifted his body - in full armor - an inch or two off the floor.
Keltz says he thought he had escaped with little more than a mild headache. Initial assessments around the base found no serious injuries or deaths from the attack. U.S. President Donald Trump tweeted, "All is well!"
The next day was different.
"My head kinda felt like I got hit with a truck," Keltz told Reuters in an interview from al-Asad air base in Iraq's western Anbar desert. "My stomach was grinding."
A video has emerged showing a U.S. military vehicle running a Russian armored truck off the road in Syria after it tried to pass an American convoy.
Questions still remain about the incident, to include when it occurred, though it appears to have taken place on a stretch of road near the Turkish border town of Qamishli, according to The War Zone.
Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.
We are women veterans who have served in the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. Our service – as aviators, ship drivers, intelligence analysts, engineers, professors, and diplomats — spans decades. We have served in times of peace and war, separated from our families and loved ones. We are proud of our accomplishments, particularly as many were earned while immersed in a military culture that often ignores and demeans women's contributions. We are veterans.
Yet we recognize that as we grew as leaders over time, we often failed to challenge or even question this culture. It took decades for us to recognize that our individual successes came despite this culture and the damage it caused us and the women who follow in our footsteps. The easier course has always been to tolerate insulting, discriminatory, and harmful behavior toward women veterans and service members and to cling to the idea that 'a few bad apples' do not reflect the attitudes of the whole.
Recent allegations that Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie allegedly sought to intentionally discredit a female veteran who reported a sexual assault at a VA medical center allow no such pretense.
Survival expert and former Special Air Service commando Edward "Bear" Grylls made meme history for drinking his own urine to survive his TV show, Man vs. Wild. But the United States Air Force did Bear one better recently, when an Alaska-based airman peed in an office coffee maker.
While the circumstances of the bladder-based brew remain a mystery, the incident was written up in a newsletter written by the legal office of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on February 13, a base spokesman confirmed to Task & Purpose.