Exchange Essay Contest Highlights Vietnam Battle Buddies


DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service, along with Nautilus, is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with an essay contest to honor the heroes who served and the “battle buddies” who saw them through.

With the Exchange’s My Vietnam Battle Buddy essay contest, Exchange shoppers are invited to share stories of their Vietnam War battle buddies and how their lives were affected by their time of service together.  The first-place winner will take home a Schwinn 470 Elliptical valued at $799. Second place wins a Schwinn 270 Recumbent worth $469, while two third-place winners will each receive a Schwinn 170 Upright valued at $379.

From Oct. 30 through Nov. 20, authorized Exchange shoppers can send their essays to Entries must include full name, mailing address, email address and telephone number. Essays should be 200 words or fewer.

“Many Exchange shoppers who served in Vietnam will be able to relate to having a battle buddy” said Richard Pils, who served as an Army captain in Vietnam and works in the Exchange’s Merchandising Directorate at its Dallas headquarters. “Hearing their stories of service helps us all remember the selfless sacrifice of these heroes.”

The My Vietnam Battle Buddy essay contest is part of the Exchange’s participation in the 50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemorative Partner Program, designed for federal, state and local agencies to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families.

Additional information and instructions can be found at the Exchange’s Patriot Family Connection site at