Exchanges Remain Open Despite Government Shutdown

 DALLAS – All Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores will remain open for Soldiers, Airmen, military families and retirees during the federal government shutdown, which began at midnight Dec. 22

Though the Exchange is part of the Department of Defense, the organization is a nonappropriated fund entity, with nearly 100 percent of its operating budget coming from the sale of goods and services.

During the government shutdown, 2,700 Exchange facilities, including department stores, convenience stores, food courts, malls and movie theaters, in 49 states and more than 30 countries will continue to serve the military community.

ShopMyExchange.com, which offers the same tax-free savings and military-exclusive pricing found in brick-and-mortar Exchange stores for authorized shoppers and honorably discharged Veterans, remains unaffected as well.

100 percent of Exchange earnings support Quality-of-Life programs for service members and their families, including combat uniforms at cost; school lunches below cost for Warfighters’ children overseas; child development centers, youth programs and fitness centers on Army garrisons; and Air Force Outdoor Recreation programs.

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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 http://www.shopmyexchange.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/ExchangePAO.

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Media Notes:

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

Follow the Exchange:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/shopmyexchange

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/shopmyexchange

Instagram: @shopmyexchange

 

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