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AAFES gift cards deliver reduced shipping costs to military advocates

DALLAS -- By simply logging on to www.aafes.com or calling a toll free number, any American can now leverage the exchange benefit on behalf of military families across the globe as the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making AAFES gift cards available to the general public.

"We're not even charging to ship these cards," said AAFES' senior enlisted advisor Chief Master Sgt. Jeffry Helm. "Whether the AAFES gift card is sent down the street or overseas, shipping is free. This might be the only troop support program available where every single dollar dedicated to supporting the military actually makes it to the Soldier, Airman, Sailor or Marine who needs it."

AAFES gift cards can be redeemed at BXs and PXs around the world by active-duty troops and their families as well as military retirees.

"With the economy the way it is, now is not the time to haphazardly guess what someone needs to brighten their day or pay extra money for shipping," said Helm. "AAFES gift cards not only eliminate all shipping costs, but also put the power of choice in the hands of the spouse waiting for the return of a loved one, retiree trying to make the best of a turbulent economy or service member far from home."

Shipping costs are mitigated through an AAFES gift card because BX and PX facilities are already stocked with magazines, snacks and electronics troops want as the exchange service's mission is to provide quality merchandise and services at competitively low prices.

"The products are already there and on the ground," said Helm. "All that needs to be sent is a lightweight plastic card that can be redeemed for a movie, phone call home or even gasoline for a much deserved weekend getaway."

In addition to BX/PX gift cards, any American can also send a gift certificate that can be redeemed through the exchange's mail order catalogs or website.

"The gift certificates are perfect for Reserve and Guard families that may not live close to a brick and mortar exchange," said Helm.

AAFES gift cards and gift certificates, up to $500, can be sent by any American who logs on to www.aafes.com or calls 877-770-4438. From there, BX/PX gift certificates are sent to individual service members (designated by the purchaser) or distributed to "any service member" through the Air Force Aid Society, American Red Cross, Fisher House Foundation Inc., Navy-Marine Corps Relief, USO or Soldiers Family Assistance Center.