Share the Love: Send Valentines to Veterans

MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Neidinger
MEDIA ADVISORY: 12-001
RELEASE DATE: January 13, 2012

DALLAS – Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can show their appreciation to military servicemembers who came before them by sending free valentines through their local Exchange now through Feb. 6th.

Now in its second year, “Valentines for Veterans” is an annual Exchange campaign to send greetings to local Veterans Administration hospitals, Fisher House locations and military retirement facilities.  

“Our shoppers include many veterans and their families who know what it means to serve, and understand how nice it is to be remembered,” said Exchange Chief of Staff Col. Thomas Ockenfels. “‘Valentines for Veterans’ is an opportunity for our patrons to reach out to those who’ve already served and send their greetings.”

To send free Valentine’s Day cards, shoppers can simply stop by participating Exchange facilities through Feb. 6th and fill out cards provided, or bring their own cards to drop off. The Exchange will arrange for delivery to local veterans on or before Valentine’s  Day.

Former Air Force servicemember Ray Lamy, who currently is the Exchange HQs Military Outreach coordinator, said “The veterans we delivered to in 2011 really appreciated all the Valentines greetings. Everyone loves to be remembered.”

Exchange shoppers can learn more by contacting their local Main Exchange and asking about “Valentines for Veterans.” Supporters can visit shopmyexchange.com’s “Exchange Stores” link to find their closest Exchange location.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint command and is directed by a Board of Directors which is responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and the Air Force through the Service Chiefs of Staff. The Exchange has the dual mission of providing authorized patrons with articles of merchandise and services and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) programs. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at http://www.shopmyexchange.com.

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Media Notes: For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Lisa Neidinger, 214-312-4168 or neidingerlj@aafes.com.