Five Service Members Win $25,000 in MILITARY STAR Holiday Sweepstakes

DALLAS – The Exchange Credit Program spread cheer to five service members this holiday season with $25,000 in cash prizes.

One winner each from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard received $5,000 to help with last-minute holiday gifts, travel and other purchases as part of the MILITARY STAR® card’s Home for the Holidays Sweepstakes, sponsored by EURPAC.

“We love our troops and our military community,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s senior enlisted advisor. “They make so many sacrifices for us every day. Being able to give back to them, especially during this time of year, is what the Exchange and MILITARY STAR are all about.”

Service members and families who shopped both the Exchange and the commissary with their MILITARY STAR card during the sweepstakes period were automatically entered into the drawing. The MILITARY STAR card is administered by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Jose Serrano Juarbe, who shopped at MacDill Air Force Base, said he would use his winnings to help replace his car, which recently broke down.

“This is a godsend,” Serrano Juarbe said.

Retired Tech. Sgt. Allen Jones, who served 30 years in the Air Force, plans to spend his prize on holiday presents for his seven grandchildren. He shopped at Beale Air Force Base Exchange and commissary.

“To be able to use MILITARY STAR at the commissary and the Exchange is awesome,” he said.

The other winners were Navy Ensign Blake Wilson, Marine Corps Sgt. Dustin Thompson and Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer John Bowles.

The MILITARY STAR card is an exclusive line of credit for service members and their families to use at exchanges and commissaries—no matter where they serve. For a list of winners and information about the MILITARY STAR card, visit


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About the Exchange: Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.4 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


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