Army & Air Force Exchange Service Hires 40,000th Military Spouse/Veteran

DALLAS – The Department of Defense’s largest retailer continues to advance in its goal to hire 50,000 military spouses and Veterans by 2020.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, which operates more than 4,000 retail stores and restaurants on military installations, specifically recruits members of the military family to help fulfill its mission of serving those who serve.

“As a military spouse, I can connect with our customers because I understand their lifestyle,” said Patrick Air Force Base Express associate Katherin Zimmerman, the Exchange’s 40,000th military spouse/Veteran hire. “They can talk to me like a family member.”

Military spouses are nearly 22% of the Exchange’s worldwide workforce, while Veterans account for about 12%. Overall, 85% of Exchange employees have a military connection. The Exchange has hired more than 1,400 Wounded Warriors since 2010 and was recently named a Military Friendly® Employer for the eighth consecutive year.

“For members of the military community like Veterans and spouses, serving others is in their DNA,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “They are huge assets to the Exchange team and the communities they serve.”

The Exchange also has a spouse continuity program, which assists military spouses in maintaining a career while supporting their Soldier or Airman, often allowing them to retain their job category and benefits during moves.

Zimmerman encourages other military spouses to apply at the Exchange.

“I love the people here,” Zimmerman said. “The Exchange truly understands the military lifestyle and works with you as much as possible if something comes up.”

Veterans and military spouses can find job opportunities worldwide at

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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 62nd-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.3 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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