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Get out of the house with these free tickets to outdoor events for veterans and their families
Spring has officially sprung and with that comes warmer weather.
It's time to break that cabin fever by soaking up mass quantities of vitamin B12 courtesy of that big heat tab in the sky. A great way to execute that mission is by attending hundreds of free events throughout the country courtesy of Veteran Tickets Foundation. Baseball season is in full "swing" and Vet Tix has plenty of tickets for MLB teams throughout the country. If baseball games aren't your bag, check out some of other exciting events they have tickets for.
Below is a sampling of the hundreds of events Vet Tix has free tickets to for Vet Tix members. Don't see anything in your area? We get new events daily so be sure to check your emails for new events.
April 21st- - Detroit, MI. - Detroit Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox
April 22nd – Denver, Co., Colorado Rockies vs. Washington Nationals
April 25th – Duluth, GA. – Disney on Ice – 100 Years of Magic
April 26th – Minneapolis, MN – Minnesota Twins vs. Baltimore Orioles
April 26th – Los Angeles, CA. – Combate 36, Mixed Martial Arts
May 1st – Phoenix, AZ. – Arizona Diamondbacks vs. New York Yankees
May 17th - Los Angeles, CA. – Eric Church, Double Down Tour
May 18th – Morrison, CO. – Napa Night of Fire & Thunder
To become a VetTixer and to 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 we've verified your status as military or a veteran, you can review hundreds of upcoming events across the country.
Steven Weintraub is Chief Strategy Officer of the Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) and a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. Vet Tix is ranked as the 2018 Top-rated Nonprofit in the United States by GreatNonprofits. Follow Steven Weintraub on Twitter @weintraub_sd
This post is sponsored by Veterans Tickets Foundation.
Editor's Note: The following story highlights a veteran at IBM committed to including talented members of the military community in its workplace. IBM is a client of Hirepurpose, a Task & Purpose sister company.
Much of America doesn't understand what it means to be a member of the National Guard or the Reserves. But today's citizen soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are exceptionally skilled at balancing their military duties with their family lives and civilian jobs. Meanwhile, it takes an understanding, flexible, and supportive employer to ensure that America's part-time service members have the tools to succeed in both careers.
Josh Atencio knew he had found a great opportunity when he accepted a position at IBM after graduating from Minnesota State University, Mankato. But the Minnesota National Guardsman didn't know how well IBM would support his job as a citizen soldier.
"When I was in school, balancing my coursework with drill and work was tough, but I made it work," he says. "When I graduated and started working at IBM, I had no idea how challenging it would be to balance both my military and civilian careers. But my teammates and leadership at IBM are incredibly supportive, and give me the flexibility I need to ensure I can be successful in both arenas."
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.