AAFES commits to hiring 50,000 veterans, military spouses by 2020

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The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is reaffirming its commitment to hiring 50,000 veterans and military spouses by 2020. 

“We are on a mission to welcome home our American heroes and our military spouses,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull. “Their commitment is our commitment. That’s why the Exchange will hire an additional 16,000 veterans and military spouses to hire 50,000 former service members and military spouses by 2020 

Shull announced the hiring initiative at the Exchange’s annual conference for general managers and main store managers in Frisco, Texas. About 35,000 associates work for the 122-year-old Department of Defense retailer at its department stores, convenience stores, malls, restaurants, theaters and other operations around the world to make life better for Soldiers, Airmen and military families. 

The Exchange has long been considered a leader in hiring veterans and military spouses, said AAFES officials. The Exchange was named a 2018 Top 10 Military Friendly Employer and Military Spouse Friendly Employer by Victory Media. Since 2010, the Exchange has hired more than 1,100 Wounded Warriors.

The announcement comes as the Exchange began serving honorably discharged veterans once again on Veterans Day 2017 with a lifelong online military exchange shopping benefit. All who served honorably receive military-exclusive pricing and tax-free shopping at ShopMyExchange.com

Veterans, military spouses and others seeking employment with the Exchange can visit ApplyMyExchange.com to view job openings worldwide. 

“Exchange associates share a special bond with service members as 85 percent have a military connection,” Shull said, “They’ve served in the Armed Forces, or are the parent, spouse or extended family member of someone who is wearing or has worn our country’s uniform. The Exchange puts a lot of stock in hiring veterans and military spouses. They understand what the Exchange means and what we do for those who serve.”  (Courtesy of AAFES News)