Salutes & Awards

June 26, 2014

Exchange, Dickies to award $25,000 to American Hero of the Year

DALLAS – America’s heroes come in all forms, from the troops fighting on the frontlines to families holding down the home front. To honor these men and women, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service is teaming up with Dickies to salute the American Hero of the Year with $25,000.

All active-duty and retired U.S. military personnel and their family members are eligible to win a grand prize of $25,000 or one of four runner-up prizes of $1,000. Nominations can consist of a video less than 5 minutes, a photo and essay of up to 500 words or a standalone essay. Nominations should tell what being an American hero means to the nominee and why they are a true American hero.

“American heroes walk among us every day, and I’m sure this contest will yield heartwarming stories of this sacrifice and service,” said Exchange Chief of Staff Col. Tom Ockenfels. “The $25,000 grand prize is a tribute to all service members and their families and the qualities they embody.”

Entries will be accepted through July 17. Entrants can visit www.shopmyexchange.com/homewardbound and click on the Dickies American Hero of the Year logo to access an application.

A panel of judges will determine the finalists, who will be named Aug. 4. Public voting at www.militaryhero.com from Aug. 4 through Sept. 6 will determine the winner.




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