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    More Than 50 Military Shoppers’ Layaway Balances Paid in Full

    Pay Away the Layaway Fort Hood

    Courtesy Photo | Exchange shopper Martha Alaniz and granddaughter Jolina Tynes pick up winter clothes...... read more read more



    Story by Conner Hammett 

    Army & Air Force Exchange Service HQ

    DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service surprised 52 military families this week with news that their layaway balances had been paid in full by the nonprofit Pay Away the Layaway.

    Families from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Air Force Base; Maxwell Air Force Base; and Forts Hood, Campbell, Bragg and Lewis were asked to join one of three Zoom calls held Oct. 13, 14 and 15. Told to expect a “special surprise,” they didn’t know their layaway balances—totaling $10,000 in back-to-school purchases—were going to be paid off until the call’s big reveal.

    “With all the stress and uncertainty military families have experienced this year, we wanted to give these lucky military families something special,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “It was truly heartwarming to see the faces of these hardworking and patriotic families when they received the news.”

    The Department of Defense’s largest retailer, the Exchange has partnered with Pay Away the Layaway for four consecutive years to pay off military shoppers’ layaway plans. While past Pay Away the Layaway reveals were made in person at Exchange stores, presentations were conducted online this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Facebook-friendly version: The Army & Air Force Exchange Service partnered with nonprofit Pay Away the Layaway to pay down $10,000 in layaways for 52 lucky Exchange shoppers. Read more:

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    Since 1895, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (Exchange) has gone where Soldiers, Airmen 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 61st-largest retailer in the United States. Its earnings provided $2.2 billion in dividends to support military morale, welfare and recreation programs over the last 10 years. 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. To find out more about the Exchange history and mission or to view recent press releases please visit our website at or follow us on Twitter at


    Media Notes:

    For more information or to schedule an interview with an Exchange representative please contact Conner Hammett, 214-312-2714 or

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    Date Taken: 10.16.2020
    Date Posted: 10.16.2020 15:59
    Story ID: 381126
    Location: DALLAS, TX, US 

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