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AAFES Offers Aspiring Young Writers Opportunity for Great Prizes

DALLAS -- School may be out for the summer, but the Army & Air Force Exchange
Service (AAFES) has one more assignment for military dependents. The
"Back-To-School Essay Contest" will give students in grades first through
twelfth the opportunity to submit an essay of 200 words or less on "What
AAFES means to me and my family."

"Most military dependents have been shopping at AAFES for their entire
lives," said Chief Marketing Officer Richard Sheff. "As a result, we are
anticipating some very good essays from these young students on what the
benefit means both to them as well as to their families."

The essay contest, which runs from June 27-August 31, will consist of four
categories (1st-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th and 10th-12th grades) with three
winners from each category. First place winners in each category will
receive a computer, second place winners will be awarded $500 savings bonds
and $200 savings bonds will be issued to third place winners.

Complete rules, including release forms and specific instructions on
submitting essays, are available at www.aafes.com under the Patriot Family
Connection link.