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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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Killeen Daily Herald: Coming soon: Veterans can shop online at Army & Air Force Exchange Service

By Conner Hammett / October 31, 2017 /

About 70,000 honorably-discharged veterans from Bell and Coryell counties will soon have the opportunity to find deals online by shopping at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. The program — which applies only to the exchange’s website and not its brick-and-mortar post exchange stores — is scheduled to begin on Nov. 11, Veterans Day,…

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Colorado Springs Gazette: Military exchange service seeks veteran shoppers in Colorado Springs and beyond with a camouflaged Amazon

By Conner Hammett / October 27, 2017 /

Think of it as a camouflaged Amazon, or a well-armed version of Walmart.com. The Army and Air Force Exchange Service next month will open tax-free online shopping to millions of eligible veterans. It’s a move designed to boost the bottom line at exchanges, which have struggled since military downsizing hit five years ago, by allowing…

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Memphis Commercial Appeal: Veteran shoppers: Military expands online access to exchanges

By Conner Hammett / October 27, 2017 /

About 57,000 residents in Shelby County can start receiving at least a 9.25 percent break — and often more — on their retail purchases starting Nov. 11, Veterans Day. That’s when ShopMyExchange.com goes live for the nation’s 18 million honorably discharged veterans, 57,000 of whom live in around Shelby County, according to the Army & Air Force…

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San Antonio Express News: Fort Sam begins work on $54 million post exchange

By Conner Hammett / October 16, 2017 /

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service broke ground Thursday on a $54 million construction project at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, a 10,000-square-foot shopping center to replace a 46-year-old post exchange. … To see the rest of this story, click here.

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WOAI TV San Antonio: JBSA Fort Sam Houston breaks ground on new $54 million shopping center

By Conner Hammett / October 16, 2017 /

SAN ANTONIO — Officials at Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston are getting ready for a new $54 million shopping center. Officials broke ground on a new army and air force exchange center Friday morning. The new center will be 53 percent larger than the current one, which is 46 years old. This…

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Spectrum News San Antonio: JBSA-Fort Sam Houston breaks ground on $54M shopping facility

By Conner Hammett / October 16, 2017 /

SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio’s military community will have a new place to shop on JBSA Fort Sam Houston. Once complete it’ll be more than 250,000 square feet with modern amenities. “This has been an incredibly long time coming,” said 502nd Force Support Group Commander Col. David Raugh. For the thousands of people who walk…

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KENS 5 San Antonio: New $54M shopping center coming to JBSA-Fort Sam Houston

By Conner Hammett / October 16, 2017 /

SAN ANTONIO – Today, Joint Base San Antonio – Fort Sam Houston hosted a ground-breaking for a new $54 million shopping center which is expected to better serve military service members, retirees and their families. The new 210,000-square-foot Exchange shopping center is planned for completion in early 2020. … To see the rest of this story,…

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Denver Post: Colorado-born Tom Shull has a gift for U.S. veterans: Tax-free online shopping

By Conner Hammett / September 27, 2017 /

Tom Shull has been a key figure in the histories of some of best-recognized retailers in the world. In the early 90s, the Harvard-educated executive helped lead restructuring efforts at Macy’s and negotiate the famed department store’s exit from bankruptcy and eventual sale. In 1997, he was the first non-family member named CEO of Barneys…

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