Exchange Essay Contest Highlights PX Memories in Vietnam


DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, along with Procter & Gamble, are commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with an essay contest that provides Vietnam veterans and family members an opportunity to share memories of their local PX/BX experience overseas or back home during the Vietnam War.

“We invite customers to write essays about how the Exchange provided comfort to our troops and brought a bit of home to their long days during the Vietnam War,” said Ray Lamy, the Exchange’s military outreach coordinator and retired Air Force major. “Many Exchange customers served in Vietnam or have family members who did.”

Exchange gift cards totaling $4,000 will be awarded to four winners. One grand-prize winner will receive a $2,000 gift card, one second-place winner will receive a $1,000 gift card and two third-place winners will each receive $500 gift cards.

From now until Nov. 21, authorized Exchange customers 18 years or older can submit their essay of 300 words or less by email to [email protected]. Entries must include full name (including middle initial), mailing address, email address and telephone number.

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service goes where Soldiers, Airmen and their families go to improve the quality of their lives through goods and services provided. Exchange earnings provide dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs. The Exchange is part of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors, responsible to the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force through the Chiefs of Staff.  To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our Web site at


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 For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative, please contact Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Eastman at 214-312-2132 or [email protected].