Army and Air Force Exchange Service Gives Two Veterans Smart Cars in Giveaway

DALLAS – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Welch’s and Sour Jacks recently handed two brand-new Smart Cars over to the winners of this summer’s Promotion in Motion Smart Car Giveaway.

Michelle Steiner, a Vietnam veteran and Army retiree, received the keys to her prize at a ceremony held at the Luke Air Force Base Main Exchange on Nov. 10.

“It’s the only major thing I’ve ever won in my life,” Steiner said. “I’ve won $25 gift cards before, but nothing of this magnitude.”

Steiner enlisted in 1961. She served in combat duty in Vietnam during the Tet Offensive in 1968. She retired in 1983 as a Chief Warrant Officer and has lived in Chandler, Arizona since July 2001.

Andrew Von Werder, also a Vietnam veteran and Navy retiree, received his keys on Nov. 12 at Tinker Air Force Base, an event that was covered by two Oklahoma City, Oklahoma TV stations.

“Every contest the Exchange has, we enter,” Von Werder said. “This is the first time we’ve won something so nice. It’s a great deal for us, and so is the commissary.”

Von Werder enlisted in 1958, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam and visiting every continent except Antarctica during his 21-year career. He now lives in his hometown of El Reno, Oklahoma with his wife, Redina.

Steiner and Von Werder won the giveaway by random drawing in August. Each vehicle is valued at $15,000.

“We are proud to be giving these Smart Cars away to two veterans who risked life and limb to protect their country,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “With these prizes, the Exchange extends a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to these two patriots for their years of dedicated service to the United States.”

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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].