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AAFES to reward military pets with $1,500 in shopping sprees, prizes

DALLAS — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is throwing a bone to military pets and their owners in the “Patriot Pet Just Say ‘Treat’” photo contest.

Through Sept. 30, authorized exchange shoppers can submit a photo of their pet along with a short description of their four-legged friend.

“Based on the success of our last pet photo contest, with more than 800 entries received, it’s apparent that pets play a huge role in the lives of military families,” said Jeffry Helm, AAFES senior enlisted adviser. “I expect this competition to be even more ‘dog eat dog’ than the last.”

Submissions will be judged on creativity, uniqueness, quality and effectiveness in conveying the loyalty and companionship of pets belonging to military members.

The grand prize winner will fetch a $1,000 AAFES shopping spree.

Additional prizes include a $500 shopping spree for first place and eight runners-up will receive either an aquarium, pet bed, pet’s view eye cam, pet gate or a portable pet crate.

To participate in the Patriot Pet contest, military shoppers can send entries to with “Patriot Family Pet” in the subject line. Entries must include name, address, phone number, rank/occupation and pet’s information (name, breed or type of pet) as well as a brief description. For more information, visit