Frequently Asked Questions

Behind the Vettys

What is The Vettys event? 

The Academy of United States Veterans established an annual event at which it presented and recognized the most impactful entities that serve the veterans community. The Veterans Awards annually presents a nonpartisan celebration, the "Vettys,"  for organizations, projects, and individuals to receive proper attention from a unified, strong, and confident community.  Learn more about why our founder began the Vettys here.

The Vettys logo is a combat boot. What does it symbolize? 

The Vetty boot represents each man and woman that is actively serving in the military. The term “boots on the ground” evokes a sense of foreboding for our foes and security for the American people. The statuette for the the 3rd Annual Veterans Awards is a brand new design. It represents the respect we have for our boots on the ground who have sacrificed so much for our great nation. Learn more about the Vetty boot here.

The Vettys celebrates the Veteran community. How does it help it? 

The Vettys helps the veteran community by bringing everyone together in celebration and fellowship and helps to forge connections and partnerships. A portion of our proceeds also benefit a variety of veteran service organizations. Learn more about which organizations the 3rd Annual Veterans Awards will benefit here.

Who are the recipients of the award? 

  • Mental Health: Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc.
  • Education: Student Veterans of America
  • Leadership: The Independence Fund
  • Employment: Bunker Labs
  • Community: National Veterans Legal Services Program
  • Honorary: Steven D. Vincent, Senior Business Development Manager of tiag®
  • Honorary: George A. Chewning II, Director of Governmental Affairs of Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation

Learn more about the criteria of each award and about all our honorees here.

How are Vettys recipients selected? 

Vetty recipients are selected by the AUSV’s Board of Governors, comprised of distinguished members of the veteran community. Learn more about our Board of Governors here.

Who sponsors the events? 

The Vettys partners with the following organizations:

  • Our co-host, Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
  • Our premier partner, Paralyzed Veterans of America
  • Our presenting partner, Disabled American Veterans
  • The Heritage Foundation
  • The Independence Fund
  • Federal Resources
  • Enlisted Nine Fight Company
  • Four Block
  • Melwood Veterans Services
  • Wounded Paw Project
  • tiag®
  • E-9 Corporation
  • Global War on Terror Memorial Foundation
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program

More sponsors join our mission every day. To stay updated and to learn more about our current sponsors, visit here. To learn about how to become a sponsor, visit here.

How are sponsors chosen? 

We reach o ut to supporters of the veteran community.

Regarding the Event

If I can’t make the event, can I watch it anywhere? 

Yes, we are live-streaming on our Facebook page the day of the event. Follow us on Facebook here. We will also post on our social media accounts during and leading up to our event. Twitter | Instagram

If I can’t afford a ticket, is there any other way I can still go? 

Yes, if you are a veteran you can submit an application for a complimentary ticket to the Vettys here

How do I get my tickets? 

Tickets can be picked up at will-call the night of the event. Guests may also preemptively pick up their tickets at our office only on January 17 and 18 from 5-7 p.m. Our address is 1100 N Glebe Rd. Arlington, VA 22201.

What is the dress code? 

Please attend in black tie apparel or the military equivalent. 

What time should I get there? 

Reception and red carpet arrival is 5:30 p.m. Dinner will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.

Will there be parking or valet services? 

The Mayflower Hotel offers valet parking services, but there are also several parking garages in the area.

What are the seating arrangements? 

Seating arrangements will be made according to ticket level.

Are hotel rooms included with the ticket? 


Do I need to bring anything with me? 

Please bring your ticket if you’ve picked it up prior to the event. If not, please bring a photo ID for will-call.

Who is invited to the event? 

All supporters of the veterans’ community. We will host prominent members of not only this community, but also of the entertainment industry, and the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area.

What entertainment and food will be at the event? 

There will be hors’ d oeuvres, a three-course dinner, and a cash bar. There will also be a D.J. from the beginning of the night during the cocktail reception at 5:30PM until dancing begins after the ceremony.

Can I advertise at the event? 

Advertisement opportunities are available through our sponsorship packages. To learn how to become more involved, please see here.

How can I donate? 

You can donate by visiting this page.

Are ticket refunds available? 

Tickets are non-refundable.