Army & Air Force Exchange Service Partners with Military Relief Funds to Help Soldiers, Airmen in Need

AER and AFAF year-round givingDALLAS – Helping those in need is always in season—and now Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can donate any amount to military relief funds year-round at their nearest Exchange store.

Soldiers, Airmen and other authorized shoppers can donate to Army Emergency Relief (AER) or the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) at the register at any Exchange. Shoppers have the option to donate in increments of $1, $5 and $10 or can enter in a custom amount. Online donations can be made in $5 increments during checkout at

“AER and AFAF take exceptional care of Soldiers, Airmen and families navigating difficult times, such as during the recent upheaval caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull. “We’ve seen our military community grow stronger by standing together through the pandemic, and now Exchange shoppers can continue to support the important work of these relief funds anytime they shop.”

AER and AFAF provide emergency assistance, sponsor educational programs and offer community programs that make life better for service members and their families.

“The Exchange, and their valued customers, continue to be a huge supporter of our mission of helping members of the Army family,” said LTG (R) Raymond V. Mason, AER director. “The option of year-round giving in Exchange stores further strengthens this fantastic partnership and allows AER to expand assistance to Soldier and their families.”

Since 2017, Exchange shoppers have donated to AER and AFAF at the register, but only during select giving periods throughout the year. Exchange shoppers have donated nearly $800,000 to these agencies in the last three years. The year-round giving and custom amount options will help sustain support for service members and families throughout the year.

“Exchange shoppers have been generous with their donations,” said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John D. Hopper Jr., CEO of the Air Force Aid Society, one of four charities that benefit from the AFAF. “Every dollar given is a helping hand to Airmen and their families in need.”

Facebook-friendly version: Exchange shoppers can now support military relief funds all year round by donating to Army Emergency Relief or the Air Force Assistance Fund at the register at Army & Air Force Exchange Service stores. Learn more about how you can help Soldiers, Airmen and families through difficult times:

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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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