A veteran gives a salute to passing Fairchild Air Force Base Airmen during the annual Armed Forces Torchlight Parade May 20, 2017, in downtown Spokane, Washington. The Lilac Festival began as local club that held annual flower shows until the celebration merged with the newly appointed Armed Forces day in 1949.

(U.S. Air Force Photo / Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

Milestone for Military Exchanges: More than 1.1 Million Items Ordered Online by Veterans

In the 15 months since Veterans became eligible to shop military exchanges online, the benefit continues to thrive for the good of the military community.

Honorably discharged Veterans have ordered more than 1.1 million items by shopping online with the Army & Air Force Exchange Service, Marine Corps Exchange, Navy Exchange Service Command and Coast Guard Exchange since the benefit launched on Veterans Day 2017.

Veterans shop tax-free for life with military-exclusive pricing at ShopMyExchange.com, myNavyExchange.com and ShopCGX.com.

“The military exchanges are privileged to serve our Nations Veterans—our heroes,” said Army & Air Force Exchange Service Director/CEO Tom Shull, a Vietnam-era Army Veteran who worked to secure the change in Department of Defense policy that gave all who served with honor online shopping privileges at military exchanges.

“More than 1.1 million items ordered is a milestone for this benefit. Word continues to spread among Veterans: The exchanges have welcomed them home and are honored to provide a tangible thank-you for their service.”

80,000 Veterans, 305,000 orders

Since Veterans Day 2017, more than 80,000 Veterans have placed more than 305,000 orders through their military exchanges online, saving nearly $5 million in sales tax.

“Word continues to spread among Veterans: The exchanges have welcomed them home and are honored to provide a tangible thank-you for their service.”

-Tom Shull, director/CEO, Army & Air Force Exchange Service

Veterans’ shopping now accounts for 10 percent or 12.5 percent of sales at ShopMyExchange.com, myNavyExchange.com and ShopCGX.com.

The online exchanges offer more than 2 million items, including brand names. Home electronics, computer hardware and furniture are among top sellers for Veterans and traditional shoppers.

“We are honored to be able to serve our Veterans and thank them for their service,” said retired Rear Adm. Robert J. Bianchi, NEXCOM CEO.  “This online shopping privilege not only benefits the Veteran, it also supports our active duty military community as well. It’s a win-win for everyone.

‘An honor to serve them again’

Earnings from the military exchanges support Quality-of-Life programs on installations critical to recruiting, retention and readiness. The shopping benefit recognizes the service of all who served honorably, allowing them to remain Soldiers, Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Coast Guard members for life.

“This benefit makes a difference to Veterans,” said Capt. Bruce C. Brown, Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Community Services Command. “It is such an honor to serve them again.”

 

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