In episode 1050 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast a big news story that effects all honorably discharged US military veterans will be the featured topic. A story by David A. Bryan appearing in The Killeen Daily Herald tells about a new buying service for all veterans with honorable discharges. It is titled: Coming soon: Veterans can shop online at Army & Air Force Exchange Service.
Bryan reports the Army & Air Force Exchange Service has announced that as of November 11, 2017 all US military veterans will be able to purchase goods from the exchange service. The new policy only applies to online purchases. Purchases at brick and mortar on posts are not included in the new deal.
This has to be one of the most ingeniously practical ideas ever to come out of any type government organization. It is the ultimate “win-win” situation. In one fell swoop the AAFES will add hundreds of thousands of new credit card carriers to its pool of customers without a heavy investments in additional store facilities. They may have to build more warehouses but that is a good thing because it will be facilitating more sales. The tremendous growth of such online marketers as Amazon and E-Bay is a good indicator that the move should bring in tremendous increases in sales and profits for the AAFES.
On the other side of this win-win situation are the veterans who miss the good old days of being about to enjoy the benefits of bargain shopping at post exchanges. As the veterans enjoy those benefits their purchases are helping the ASFES support military quality-of-life programs like Army child development centers, youth programs, fitness centers, Air Force Outdoor Recreation programs, school lunches for ‘war fighters’ children overseas, combat uniforms below cost and more.
Such a deal!!
Listen to the whole story about this exciting new development in episode 1050 of the Vietnam Veteran News Podcast.
CLICK HERE for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service’s shop my exchange website to verify eligibility for the program.