Editor’s Note: This release was edited by Larry Lapka

‘Extremely Difficult Year’ Made Better By AER, AFAF • DALLAS

Since 2017, Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) shoppers have donated nearly $2.46 million to Army Emergency Relief (AER) and the Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF), a partnership that has taken on even greater importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This has been an exceptionally difficult year for our military community, but some have been hit harder than others,” said Exchange Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Shull. “Making a contribution to AFAF or AER is more appreciated than ever as the necessity for support increases.”

The Exchange gives shoppers the opportunity to donate to AER or AFAF every time they make a purchase in stores or online at ShopMyExchange.com. The Exchange also connects shoppers with the organizations’ critical support resources through the online Exchange Community Hub.

Additionally, the AAFES-administered Military Star Card offers support for cardholders experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19 as well as natural disasters.


Since 1942, AER has provided nearly four million soldiers $2 billion in assistance, including $1 billion since 9/11. Through zero-interest loans, grants and educational scholarships, AER ensures no soldier faces financial hardship on their own.

AFAF raises funds for the charities that provide support to the Department of the Air Force military members in need, including active duty, retirees, reservists, guard members, as well as their dependents and surviving spouses. Since 1974, AFAF has raised over $237 million to provide emergency assistance, educational support, on-base community programs and housing assistance to the Department of Air Force families.

For more information on AER, visit https://www.aerhq.org/. To learn more about AFAF and its charities, visit https://www.afassistancefund.org/. Military Star cardholders may contact a card representative at MilitaryStar@aafes.com for more information.

Source: AAFES

Edited by Larry Lapka


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