15 Events In August With Free Tickets For Troops, Veterans, And Families

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Soldiers from 3rd Cavalry Regiment, joined by sailors, airmen and Marines to present the American flag at the Texas Rangers opening season game, April 6.
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What better way to finish out the summer than attend a fun concert or sporting event with friends or your caregiver? From major country artists, to top MLB matchups and even NFL preseason games, there are a host of events you can attend in August through the national nonprofit, Veteran Tickets Foundation, or Vet Tix.


Since 2008, Vet Tix has provided veterans, service members, caregivers and family members of those killed in action with more than three million free tickets to major sports games, concerts and a diverse mix of other ticketed events.

Check out just 15 major events below out of the hundreds of events available at VetTix.org.

Arts & Entertainment

August 4: Nashville, Tennessee: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill Soul2Soul Tour

August 5: Tinley Park, Illinois: Rob Stewart with Cyndi Lauper

August 9: Jersey City, New Jersey: Comedy’s Best Kept Secret Tour

August 10: Pelham, Alabama: Jason Aldean’s They Don’t Know Tour with Chris Young and Kane Brown

August 16: Portland, Maine: Goo Goo Dolls’ Long Way Home Summer Tour with Phillip Phillips

August 18: Rochester, New York: Nitro Circus Live

August 19: San Diego, California: Fleet Science Center

August 24: Evansville, Indiana: An Evening with Olivia Newton

Sports

August 6: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Minnesota Twins vs. Texas Rangers – MLB

August 10: Green Bay, Wisconsin: Green Bay Packers vs. Philadelphia Eagles – NFL Preseason

August 15: Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros – MLB

August 16: Washington, DC: Washington Mystics vs. Los Angeles Sparks – WNBA

August 23: Anaheim, California: Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers – MLB

August 24: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – MLB

August 31: Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Brewers vs. Washington Nationals – MLB

To become a Vet Tixer and request tickets to these and hundreds of other events, which are free except for a very small delivery fee, 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.

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