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AAFES celebrates Month of Military Child

By Army and Air Force Exchange Service

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) is committed to making life better for military communities — including the youngest heroes. The Exchange is celebrating the 2021 Month of the Military Child with virtual events, activities, games and giveaways throughout April 2021.

“Military children are often likened to dandelions because they blossom wherever they land,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, the Exchange’s senior enlisted adviser. “The Exchange honors and celebrates the resiliency of military children with Month of the Military Child activities.”

Protecting the military community remains the Exchange’s No. 1 priority, and stores are ensuring safe, sanitized and secure environments for shoppers of all ages. Military children are also invited to safely participate in virtual Exchange events throughout April 2021, at

Military children 17 and younger can receive a limited-edition iron-on patch celebrating military brats at select locations, visit for a store list, as well as a coupon for a free treat at participating Exchange restaurants. Shoppers can contact their local Exchange for dates, times and details.

The Exchange is also giving away more than 70 prizes in 16 sweepstakes, including more than $8,000 in Exchange gift cards and the hottest games and toys. Authorized shoppers 18 and older can visit to enter.

Kids can also take part in four virtual contests at There will be four winners in each of the following activities:

  • Family Game Night picture contest April 9-15, 2021
  • Nerf Target contest April 16-22, 2021
  • Play-Doh sculpting contest April 23-29, 2021

Military Families can find details on all Month of the Military Child events — as well as coloring pages, themed recipes, video drawing lessons from Disney pros and more by visiting the Exchange’s community Hub at

“Military children serve too and make their parents’ missions possible,” Osby said. “The Exchange salutes our youngest warriors.”

AAFES celebrates Month of Military Child
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