Exchange Giving Away Exclusive Military Brat Patch, Free Treats at Back-to-School Events Worldwide

DALLAS—To celebrate the start of a new school year, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is saluting military children for their service and sacrifice with giveaways and in-store events July 28.

The Exchange is partnering with Vanguard on a military brat patch, available for free while supplies last at select main stores worldwide. Stripes Alterations coupons, valued up to $5, will allow kids to have the patch sewn on a personal item. The patch honors the selfless spirit of Warfighters’ children.

“A new school year is a perfect time to recognize the important role of military children.” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange wants to help kids see their value as they get ready to go back to school, and these patches help accomplish that.”

Kids who wear or bring their brat patch to participating Exchange restaurants July 28 will receive a free treat as well. Treats vary by location and may come in the form of a side, fountain drink, dessert or other item. Offer is valid July 28 only.  

Also that day, students—and their parents, too— can put their best foot forward in the new school year with style tips, skincare advice and more at the Look Cool for School beauty event in select main stores. Book bags will be given away (available in store only) with skincare, fragrance or cosmetic purchases of $30 or more. Shoppers can also redeem a coupon online or in store all day on July 28th for $5 off a $30 skincare, fragrance or cosmetic purchase—or $15 off a $60 purchase with a MILITARY STAR® card.

Other back-to-school deals include:

  • Specials and events in Exchange malls. (Shoppers can check with their local Exchange for specific dates, times and events.)
  • Expanded layaway through Aug. 31 to include laptops, hold computers, notebooks, tablets and iPads.
  • Matching of local sales tax discounts in states that offer tax-free weekends on school supplies, clothing and footwear. (For more information, official dates and included items, shoppers can check their state’s tax website.)

“Sending kids back to class doesn’t have to break the bank,” Reyes said. “With tax-free shopping and military-exclusive pricing, the Exchange offers tremendous value for Airmen, Soldiers and their families.”

Soldiers and Airmen can visit the community page on for more information on event times and locations participating in back-to-school events. Shoppers can find their nearest Exchange by visiting

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