Starr Card helps military community

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  • By Daniel Eddington
  • AAFES Public Affairs
Military shoppers at the Eglin Exchange probably don't give a second thought as to which credit card to use at checkout. What they may not be aware of, however, is that the use of bank-issued cards at the Exchange ultimately costs the military community millions annually.

Last year alone, bank-issued card processing expenses at the Eglin Exchange facilities sapped more than $846,392 from the Exchange and, in turn, critical funds that could be used for morale, welfare and recreation programs.

One way military families can help reduce costs and strengthen their Exchange benefit is to take advantage of the Exchange's exclusive MILITARY STARR Card. Unlike bank cards, profits generated from the MILITARY STARR Card are shared with military communities through contributions to the military service's quality-of-life funds.

"Using the MILITARY STARR Card is one of the easiest ways for troops to directly impact their Exchange and morale, welfare and recreation benefits," said Eileen Dean, Eglin Exchange store manager. "Reducing these unnecessary expenses can go a long way in makingĀ Eglin Air Force BaseĀ a better place to work and live."

The MILITARY STARR Card is accepted at all Army and Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard Exchange activities, as well as the Exchange Catalog and the Exchange Online store at

Authorized exchange shoppers can learn more about the MILITARY STARR Card by visiting and clicking "Credit Services."