National Survey Highlights Importance of Social Connection in Improving Well-being among Veteran Community

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More than 52,000 military personnel and veterans respond to annual Vet Tix survey

This survey highlights that providing free access to a wide range of community activities is creating much needed social connection -- the fundamental ingredient for improving physical and mental well-being - to our military veteran population.

Service members and veterans find that attending events in their community improves their relationships, depression and PTSD symptoms, and overall well-being which can ease reintegration periods according to a major new survey released by the nonprofit Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix).

The annual survey received input from more than 52,000 currently serving military personnel and veterans who have signed up for Vet Tix’s benefits to free tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities. Service members and veterans tend to experience challenges as they reintegrate into their families, communities, and eventually, into civilian life. In order to better serve this population, Vet Tix’s survey investigated multiple areas in relation to Vet Tix’s impact, including community involvement and sense of belonging, social support, well-being, mental health, reintegration issues, event attendance and relationship impact.

Survey results showed positive impact on relationships and well-being, as 97% of respondents reported that attending Vet Tix events improves their relationships. Also, 61% of respondents reported that attending Vet Tix events has reduced their depression, anxiety, or PTSD symptoms.

View more results and the Vet Tix Impact Survey Overview here: https://www.vettix.org/impact-survey.php

These results strongly suggest that increasing social interaction and creating new, positive memories is helping our ‘VetTixers’ overcome mental health problems and PTSD.

“This survey highlights that providing free access to a wide range of community activities is creating much needed social connection -- the fundamental ingredient for improving physical and mental well-being - to our military veteran population,” said Vet Tix CEO Mike Focareto. “Maintaining a sense of connection to one’s community during and after service is essential to many transitioning personnel and shows us just how impactful a Vet Tix event can be for veterans, service members, and their families. This is especially true in helping military families adjust to new communities after a relocation.”

“Vet Tix is evermore encouraged by the feedback from our community that Vet Tix enriches the lives of veterans and their families by increasing their community engagement and diversifying their experiences,” continued Focareto.

ABOUT VETERAN TICKETS FOUNDATION

Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, provides free tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities to currently serving military, National Guard and Reserves, veterans of all eras, immediate family of those killed in action, and VetTixers’ caregivers. Since 2008, Vet Tix has provided over 8 million free event tickets to more than 1.4 million members. In 2018 Vet Tix launched 1st Tix, which provides the same service to our nation’s current and retired law enforcement officers, firefighters, and EMTs. These events help veterans and first responders reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build lifelong memories, and encourage them to stay engaged with American life and their local communities. Vet Tix spends over 95 percent of its revenue on programs, ensuring that we give back to those who have given so much. Visit http://www.VetTix.org and http://www.1stTix.org to learn more, and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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