Five Military Winners Have Holiday Bills Paid Off in MILITARY STAR Sweepstakes

Fort Huachuca winnerDALLAS – The holidays may be long over, but for the winners of the MILITARY STAR® Your Holiday Bill Is on Us sweepstakes, the best holiday gift came after the new year.

The MILITARY STAR credit card program paid more than $40,000 in credit balances for the winners. Five grand-prize winners had their entire bills paid in full (or received a credit for the grand-prize minimum of $2,500), while 10 second-place winners received $1,000 statement credits and 25 third-place winners received $500 credits.

Hickham AFB winner“I just want to thank the Exchange for doing what they do. They’ve been so wonderful for the military and retirees,” said grand-prize winner retired Sgt. 1st Class Anna Merryman, who had her $8,193 balance paid off in a ceremony at the Fort Huachuca Post Exchange on Feb. 19. “I really thank them for being there for us.”

The winners were automatically entered into the sweepstakes by using their MILITARY STAR card from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31. The card is accepted at all military exchanges and commissaries,,,, Armed Forced Recreation Centers and Exchange mall vendors.

Luke AFB winner“It is a nice, wonderful, shocking gift for me and my family,” said Vietnam Veteran Alfred Taitano, another grand-prize winner who was awarded his prize at the Luke Air Force Base Exchange on March 16. “This will help me out, especially during this time, with the pandemic.”

In addition to Merryman and Taitano, grand-prize winners included:

“It is a privilege to reward these heroes in the Your Holiday Bill Is on Us sweepstakes,” said Kathy Bronkalla, vice president of the Exchange Credit Program. “Our service members and their families make many sacrifices for their country, and these sweepstakes are a small way to express our heartfelt thanks for their service.”

The MILITARY STAR card is an exclusive line of credit for service members and their families to use at exchanges and commissaries – no matter where they serve. Benefits of the card include:

  • 2% in rewards point earned with purchases.
  • 10% off all first-day purchases.
  • Free shipping on all and orders.
  • 5 cents off every gallon of fuel at Exchange fuel locations.
  • 10% off all Exchange restaurant purchases.
  • The lowest flat-rate APR (10.24%) among store cards—rate is offered to all cardholders upon account approval.
  • No annual, late or over-limit fees.
  • 0%-interest $1,000 Military Clothing Plan for active-duty, Guard and Reserve service members.

For more information, visit The card is administered by the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.

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