Exchange shoppers support Air Force Assistance Fund

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  • By Tom Shull, AAFES director/CEO

For millions of Air Force families, the Air Force Assistance Fund has been a wingman during challenging times. Since 1973, Airmen have been taking care of their own through AFAF, and it remains a lifeline today.

In fact, AFAF’s mission has never mattered more, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is honored to support AFAF and has made it easy for shoppers to lend a helping hand. Shoppers can donate to AFAF at the register at Exchange stores and at

Exchange shoppers understand selflessness and putting others first; shoppers have donated more than $1 million to AFAF since the partnership began. In 2020 alone -- a year that has tested us all -- shoppers gave more than $700,000, a nearly 770% increase versus 2019.

To all the Airmen, retirees and family members who have donated when shopping the Exchange, thank you! Your generous spirit shines for all to see.

The next time you use your benefit, please consider helping your wingmen in need. At the register, shoppers can choose to make $1, $5 or $10 donations or enter a custom amount. At, online shoppers can donate in $5 increments when they check out.

Having support in a time of need is huge for Warfighters and families, especially those serving at the tip of the spear. The Exchange is honored to help AFAF make the Air Force community stronger.

Veteran for Life!  (Tom Shull, a former infantry company commander, served as military assistant to Robert C. McFarlane, National Security Advisor to President Reagan. Currently, he is the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's Director/CEO and has served as CEO for retail and consumer packaged goods companies.)