Vets And Service Members Can Attend These 11 Major Events For Free In August

Country music artist Kenney Chesney performs for thousands of people in attendance at the 2012 Brothers of the Sun Tour at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.,
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Want to go to a major league baseball game? How about a country music concert? What about taking your kids to a monster truck show? Do you want to go for free?

Every week, in cities across the United States, tens of thousands of tickets are available to veterans, service members, and family members of those killed in action, enabling them go to major sports games, touring concerts, and a whole host of other ticketed events. And all the tickets are free, except for a very small delivery fee.

The opportunity exists because of our commitment at the Veteran Tickets Foundation, Vet Tix, to help put veterans and service members (including Reserve and Guard) in empty seats at games and events across the nation.

Vet Tix, a national nonprofit organization, came about at the 2008 Super Bowl in Arizona, when founder and CEO Michael Focareto, a Navy veteran attending the game, learned that the members of the military color guard were not provided seats to watch, even as he sat next to an empty seat.

Today, Vet Tix works with sports teams, entertainers, donors and venues to distribute unused tickets to honorably discharged veterans and military personnel who have signed up for free to be Vet Tix members after having their service verified through official military records. Since 2008, we’ve had the pleasure to distribute more than 2 million free tickets to over 400,000 Vet Tixers.

Below are 11 of the major events we are currently distributing tickets for in August, just some of the hundreds of events available at  Every event included on this list has at least 100 donated tickets available for our veteran and military members.

Aug. 2 Clarkston, Michigan: Gwen Stefani’s “This Is What the Truth Feels Like” tour with special guest Eve

Aug. 6 Santa Clara, California: Kenny Chesney’s “Spread the Love” tour with special guests Miranda Lambert, Sam Hunt and Old Dominion

Aug. 7 Washington, D.C.: Washington Nationals vs. San Francisco Giants

Aug. 12 Cleveland, Ohio: Cleveland Indians vs. Anaheim Angels

Aug. 12 Bristow, Virginia: Darius Rucker: “The Good for a Good Time” tour with special guests Dan + Shay and Michael Ray

Aug. 12 Raleigh, North Carolina: Dixie Chicks - DCX World Tour MMXVI With Special Guest the Heavy and Josh Herbert

Aug. 13 Hartford, Connecticut: Rascal Flatts - Rhythm and Roots Tour With Special Guest Kelsea Ballerini and Chris Lane

Aug. 21 Charlton, Massachusetts: 2016 Silver Kingdom Renaissance Festival

Aug. 21 Washington, D.C.: DC United v. New York Red Bulls

Aug. 22 Phoenix, Arizona: Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Atlanta Braves

Aug. 27 Dallas, Texas: Brad Paisley, Life Amplified World Tour with special guest Tyler Farr, Maddie and Tae

To become a Vet Tix member and request tickets to these and hundreds of other events, visit to create a free account. Once you’ve created an account, you can review these 11 events, plus hundreds of other upcoming events across the country.

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