Exchange Shoppers Give $218,000 to Military Members in Need

2019 Give and Get Back campaign supported Soldiers, Airmen and their families

DALLAS – The military community is a family, and Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers stepped up big in 2019 to help family members in need by donating more than $218,000.

Through the Give and Get Back campaign, which featured three giving periods throughout the year, Exchange shoppers in stores and online donated to Army Emergency Relief (AER) and the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF). For every $5 donated, shoppers received an Exchange coupon for $5 off a $25 purchase.

“Warfighters never leave a member of the team behind,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull. “The Exchange is fully nested with the important missions of Army Emergency Relief and the Air Force Assistance Fund. We see the spirit of the military community in the generosity of our shoppers, who are helping those around them in need.”

2019 marked the third year that the Exchange partnered with AER and AFAF for the Give and Get Back campaign. In total, Exchange shoppers have donated more than $800,000 since 2017.

“Thanks to Exchange shoppers, Airmen and their families are getting a helping hand when they need it most,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John D. Hopper Jr., CEO of the Air Force Aid Society, one of four charities that benefit from the AFAF.

AER and the AFAF provide emergency assistance, sponsor educational initiatives and offer community programs that support the military community.

The Exchange will begin a new program with AER and the AFAF this year that will allow shoppers to make donations year-round in stores, as they can currently do online.

“The partnership with the Exchange has paid wonderful dividends in the form of more Soldiers and Army families receiving assistance when they need it most,” said LTG(R) Raymond V. Mason, AER director. “We look forward to continuing our global partnership with the outstanding Exchange team in helping even more military members.”

Facebook-friendly version: Exchange shoppers showed the true spirit of service that characterizes the military community by donating more than $218,000 to military relief funds as part of the Give and Get Back Campaign. Shoppers donated to Army Emergency Relief and the Air Force Assistance Fund, which assist Soldiers, Airmen and their families going through difficult circumstances. Read more on how Exchange shoppers made a difference:

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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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