Exchange in the News

You Made the Grade Winner

The Columbia County News-Times: Evans elementary student earns scholarship

By Conner Hammett / February 7, 2018 /

For 9-year-old Bethany Marana and her family, the fourth time is certainly the charm. Bethany, a fourth-grader at Evans Elementary School, took home the grand prize in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s You Made the Grade sweepstakes during a presentation at the Fort Gordon Exchange Friday. Her three brothers, ages 31, 25 and…

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Will Stay Open in spite of Government Shut down

KDFW TV: Dallas Army and Air Force Exchange Service will stay open in spite of shutdown

By Conner Hammett / January 22, 2018 /

The government shutdown has begun and so has the finger-pointing. President Trump says Democrats wanted to give him “a nice present” to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration. He says Democrats “could have easily made a deal but decided to play Shutdown politics instead.” Not everything related to the federal government is closed. In…

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Exchange bakery delivers a slice of America in South Korea

Stars and Stripes: Exchange bakery delivers slice of America to US troops, families in S. Korea

By Conner Hammett / December 25, 2017 /

CAMP MARKET, South Korea — Johnnie Sledge knows a secret. He’s the plant manager of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s bakery in South Korea, and that means he holds the formula for Wonder Bread. The plant on Camp Market churns out the iconic American brand and other bread, buns, doughnuts, tortillas and more…

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Associated Press: Nonprofit pays off layaway balances for Fort Bragg families

By Conner Hammett / December 20, 2017 /

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) — A national nonprofit organization has paid off around $2,000 in layaway balances for 12 military families at a Fort Bragg retailer in North Carolina. The Fayetteville Observer reports that the 12 families were called to the South Post Exchange under the guise of a customer appreciation exchange Tuesday to learn…

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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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