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The Charleston Post and Courier: Honorably discharged veterans can now shop tax-free online

By Conner Hammett / November 26, 2017 /

Just this month, an estimated 18.5 million honorably discharged U.S. military veterans became eligible for a tax-free shopping option that should give them an opportunity to save some money. A change in Department of Defense policy allows those veterans to shop online at military exchanges. The websites are a modern version of the Post Exchange…

Read More AAFES President answers the big questions on vet exchange shopping privilege

By Conner Hammett / November 20, 2017 /

As of Veterans Day 2017, every honorably discharged vet gained access to online shopping privileges after verifying their veteran status through Cool, right? But what, exactly, comes along with that? Why should vets be checking the exchange websites? Do they really think they’re going to be able to compete with Wal-Mart, Amazon, Best Buy…

Read More The Army & Air Force Exchange Service will open to honorably discharged veterans on Saturday

By Conner Hammett / November 9, 2017 /

Honorably discharged veterans who aren’t retirees are about to be saluted in a way they’ve never been before. Beginning Saturday, they will get the same access to military exchanges enjoyed by retirees through, the online site for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. … To see the rest of this story, click here.

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Military Exchange to open online shopping to hundreds of thousands of DFW veterans

By Conner Hammett / November 9, 2017 /

Some 225,000 veterans in the Dallas-Fort Worth area — and 18.5 million nationwide — will have access to tax-free online shopping at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service starting Saturday, a major change for the 122-year-old retailer for the military. The shift was the brainchild of Tom Shull, the director and CEO of the…

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Philadelphia Inquirer: In time for Veterans Day: Veterans can get tax-free online shopping for life

By Conner Hammett / November 8, 2017 /

Louis Zayon served in the Navy, stationed in Norfolk, Va., from 1972 to 1976, before he was honorably discharged. This Veterans Day, on Saturday, will offer him and about 18.5 million veterans worldwide and their families a little something special: tax-free online shopping for life with AAFES, an acronym for Army and Air Force Exchange…

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Derby Informer: AAFES opens tax-free online shopping to all veterans

By Conner Hammett / November 7, 2017 /

Beginning on Veterans Day, all honorably-discharged military veterans, regardless of whether they have retired from the armed forces or not, will be able to purchase items from Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES) online. Currently, only retired or medically retired veterans are eligible for base privileges, which includes the use of AAFES, known as the…

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San Diego Union-Tribune: Army and Air Force Exchange system woos veterans with new online push

By Conner Hammett / November 6, 2017 /

The government’s 122-year-old post exchange system for troops is opening its inventory to a new line of customers — veterans. Starting on Veterans Day, all honorably discharged veterans will be able to shop online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. Eleven months ago, Congress greenlighted the exchange to make the change. Before, the…

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Tampa Bay Times: Online expansion opens military exchange to another 240,000 shoppers in Tampa Bay area

By Conner Hammett / November 6, 2017 /

TAMPA — Military exchanges like the one at MacDill Air Force Base have long offered big savings to active-duty troops, military retirees and their families. Starting Saturday, Veterans Day, deals like 25 percent off on watches, 30 percent off smokers and $70 off an HP laptop will be available to a whole lot more people…

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Palm Beach Post: Tax-free holiday for life? Yes for 91K veterans in Palm Beach County

By Conner Hammett / November 2, 2017 /

More than 91,000 Palm Beach County residents are getting a tax-free holiday starting on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. But this is no mere weekend pass. They and 21 million other veterans around the country are getting tax-free shopping for life — the trick is knowing about it and registering. One veteran who has already taken…

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Army Times: Exchanges offer new online benefit for vets starting Nov. 11

By Conner Hammett / November 1, 2017 /

The military exchanges have been ramping up their stock and shoring up their websites’ capability as they prepare to launch the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit on Nov. 11, potentially opening up their online, tax-free stores to millions of new customers. “We’re trying to cram thousands of products online as quickly as possible,” said Capt. Bruce…

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