Marks Fifth Anniversary of Lifelong Online Shopping Benefit for Honorably Discharged Veterans

DALLAS – For the past five years, all honorably discharged Veterans have been authorized to shop tax-free with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service at—and they’ve racked up some serious savings.

More than 608,000 Veterans have used their lifelong online shopping benefit since it launched on Veterans Day 2017, placing nearly 1.5 million orders and saving nearly $24 million in sales tax. The benefit was the first expansion of military exchange privileges since 1990 at the time of its launch.

“Over the past five years, the Exchange has honored the service of all who raised their right hand, took the oath and served with distinction,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, a Vietnam-era Army Veteran who worked to secure the change in Department of Defense policy to extend a lifelong online military exchange shopping benefit to all honorably discharged Veterans. “These heroes continue to serve when they use their Exchange benefit, generating needed support for critical military Quality-of-Life programs.”

It matters where you shop—100% of Exchange earnings support military communities. In the last 10 years, the Exchange benefit has provided $3.5 billion in earnings for Quality-of-Life support such as outfitting 7127,000 Warfighters at cost annually, providing school meal support for Department of Defense Education Activity facilities overseas and delivering needed services to locations impacted by natural disasters.

All Veterans with service-connected disabilities can shop in person. Veterans can visit to learn more and verify their eligibility to shop.

Social media-friendly version: Five years after the Exchange welcomed all honorably discharged Veterans to shop tax-free at, newly eligible shoppers have saved nearly $24 million in sales tax. Learn more:

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians 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 54th-largest retailer in the United States. 100% of Exchange earnings support military communities. In the last 10 years, your Exchange benefit has provided $3.5 billion in earnings for critical military Quality-of-Life programs. 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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For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Conner Hammett, 214-312-2714 or [email protected].

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