When you go to a concert or sporting event, there’s often a scattering of empty seats about. Usually, those seats were purchased, but their owners couldn’t come for one reason or another. Until recently, there wasn’t much you could do about it. But now, if you’re ever in that sticky situation, there’s a military-friendly solution: Veteran Tickets Foundation.
The premise behind the organization is for civilians and veterans to give back to the community they love and support by working to provide free tickets to various events so that veterans and military members may be able to attend. Civilians, current servicemembers and veterans alike can donate tickets to the Veteran Tickets Foundation, who then disperses the free tickets. An empty seat doesn’t do anyone any good, argues the foundation, so why not donate the ticket to a game or concert you can’t go to?
Simplifying the transition from military to civilian life is one of the most pressing issues facing the community today as thousands return from Iraq and Afghanistan. A huge part of this transition is the search for employment and being able to qualify skills learned on-base to the business world.
Because this task can seem overwhelming, organizations and tools have sprung up over the past several years to help out. Google has taken an active role in supporting the veteran community through applications like the Veterans Job Bank, a service with more than a million jobs and Résumé Builder, which helps translate military experience to a résumé-friendly format. In addition to these great services, Google wanted to take their support to the next level.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has selected Detroit’s Cobo Center as the location for the 2012 National Veteran Small Business Conference and Hiring Fair. See More