18.5 Million Veterans Can Now Shop Tax-Free for Life with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is officially welcoming home 18.5 million honorably discharged Veterans with a lifetime online military exchange shopping benefit. Veterans can now shop online at ShopMyExchange.com, marking the first expansion of military exchange privileges since 1990.

“The Exchange is honored to open its virtual doors to millions of deserving Veterans,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, a Vietnam-era Army Veteran who worked tirelessly to secure the change in Department of Defense policy after joining the Exchange in 2012. “There are many generations of service members who have not been properly recognized. This new benefit acknowledges their service and welcomes them home. This is something Veterans can enjoy the rest of their lives.”

Veterans will find a wide assortment of national-brand merchandise and military-exclusive pricing at ShopMyExchange.com. Shopping the Exchange online reconnects Veterans with their military community, allowing them to remain Soldiers and Airmen for life.

Every purchase Veterans make online will help improve the quality of life for those who wear the uniform today as Exchange earnings support critical military Quality-of-Life programs, including combat uniforms below cost, fitness centers, child development center and youth programs on Army garrisons, Air Force Outdoor Recreation programs, school lunches for Warfighters’ children overseas and more.

“This is a virtuous cycle,” Shull said. “As a Veteran myself, it is an honor to pay forward support to active-duty service members and their families.”

Excitement for the new benefit has been building for months thanks to social media shout-outs from Mark Wahlberg and Marcus Luttrell, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Richard Rawlings and other celebrities. As a result, more than 255,000 Veterans verified their eligibility to shop at ShopMyExchange.com before the benefit’s official Nov. 11 launch.

To verify eligibility and begin shopping, Veterans can visit ShopMyExchange.com.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.aafes.com/about-exchange/public-affairs/press-releases.htm or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Chris Ward, 214-312-3861 or wardchr@aafes.com.

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