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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii– Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can lend a helping hand to Soldiers and families in need by donating to Army Emergency Relief (AER) at checkout next time they shop the Schofield Exchange.

In 2021, Exchange shoppers worldwide donated more than $1.2 million to AER.

With the hardships of the COVID-19 pandemic affecting many members of the military community in 2021, AER’s mission remained crucial in supporting Soldiers facing difficult circumstances.

“The last few years have tested us all,” said Exchange Director/CEO Tom Shull, an Army Veteran. “The Exchange family understands selfless sacrifice and knows when to pitch in. The Exchange is honored to partner with Army Emergency Relief, giving shoppers an opportunity to help their military family in need.”

Since the Exchange partnered with AER in 2017, shoppers worldwide have donated more than $3 million to the relief fund, which provides financial assistance, sponsors educational scholarship grants for military family members and offers community programs to make life better for Soldiers and their families. The relief organization has also supported Warfighters and their families through the pandemic.

“We thank Exchange shoppers for supporting Army Emergency Relief,” said LTG (R) Raymond V. Mason, AER director. “Every dollar makes a significant difference in helping Soldiers, retirees and Army families. We couldn’t complete our mission without you.”

Schofield PX shoppers can donate in increments of $1, $5 and $10 or enter in a custom amount at the register.

“When their battle buddies are in need, Exchange shoppers continue to answer the call,” said Hawaii Exchange General Manager Michael Ryan. “The Exchange is honored to partner with AER and support its incredible mission.”

In Hawaii, authorized patrons have four Exchanges they can shop at:

  • Hickam
  • Marine Corps Base Hawaii Kaneohe
  • Navy Exchange
  • Schofield Barracks

Soldiers and government civilians can contribute to the AER campaign through May 15 by filling out donation forms supplied within their units or by going online and giving at https://give.armyemergencyrelief.org/USAG-Hawaii.

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Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen, Guardians and their families go to improve the quality of their lives by providing valued goods and services at exclusive military pricing. The Exchange is the 54th-largest retailer in the United States. 100% of Exchange earnings support military communities. In the last 10 years, your Exchange benefit has provided $3.4 billion in earnings for critical military Quality-of-Life programs.

The Exchange is a non-appropriated fund entity of the Department of Defense and is directed by a Board of Directors. The Exchange is a 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner, planning and conducting events and activities that recognize the service, valor and sacrifice of Vietnam Veterans and their families in conjunction with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration.

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