The Exchange Among the ‘Best of the Best,’ According to U.S. Veterans Magazine

MEDIA CONTACT: Conner Hammett
MEDIA ADVISORY: 13-051
RELEASE DATE: Aug. 16, 2013

DALLAS – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service has been recognized by U.S. Veterans Magazine for its part in putting those who have helped protect American freedoms back to work.

The Exchange is among the organizations named to the publication’s 2013 Best of the Best list, making the cut in the “Top Veteran-Friendly Companies,” “Top Supplier Diversity Programs” and “Top Government and Law Enforcement Agencies” categories.

Ten percent of the Exchange’s workforce consists of veterans, and an additional 24 percent are military spouses or family members. One of the Exchange’s goals for 2013 is to increase veteran management hires 33 percent over the number hired in 2012.

“It’s essential to the Exchange’s mission to welcome our veterans with open arms, and that extends to their families as well,” said Exchange’s Chief of Staff Col. Thomas Ockenfels. “This recognition further validates our efforts toward providing veterans and their families with solid, rewarding job and career opportunities, and we are honored that U.S. Veterans Magazine considers us one of the ‘Best of the Best.’”

The list, which included private companies, government agencies and educational institutions, was compiled from market research and independent research, diversity conference participation, and survey responses. Hundreds of companies submitted applications to be included in the list.

The list will be published in the summer issue of U.S. Veterans Magazine, on newsstands Aug. 15.

 Information on the Exchange’s veteran hiring programs can be found at www.shopmyexchange.com/AboutExchange/Careers/militaryfamilies.htm.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is a joint non-appropriated fund instrumentality of the Department of Defense 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 quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices and generating non-appropriated fund earnings as a supplemental source of funding for military morale, welfare and recreation 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 Conner Hammett, 214-312-2132 or hammetc@aafes.com.