Exchange staff celebrates youngest heroes with events, prizes during Month of the Military Child

FORT DRUM, N.Y. (March 28, 2023) – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is saluting Fort Drum Exchange youngest heroes with a monthlong celebration of free events, activities, and prizes during Month of the Military Child.

For the sixth year, the Exchange will give away military “brat” patches starting April 1. Military children can visit the customer service area at the Fort Drum PX to receive a collectible patch while supplies last.

2023 AAFES MoMC.jpg“The Exchange honors the important role that children of service members have in the Fort Drum community,” said Fort Drum PX Main Store Manager Jackie Bellis. “Military children face unique challenges every day, and the Exchange is excited to provide opportunities for America’s youngest heroes to take a break from their routines and enjoy fun activities at the Fort Drum PX.”

Events and offers include:

  • A sweepstakes giving away more than $9,000 in the hottest toys and Exchange gift cards to military kids. Authorized shoppers 18 and older can enter on their favorite military child’s behalf at
  • Five in-store events for military kids to gather with friends and try out the latest games and toys: FurReal Baby Alive Event on April 1; Play-Doh Event on April 8; Hasbro Gaming Games Event on April 15; Beyblades Event on April 22; and Nerf Event on April 29. 
  • An exclusive coupon for military children 18 and younger to receive a free treat at participating Exchange restaurants beginning April 1. Treats include a free side item, fountain drink or dessert. Shoppers can contact the Fort Drum PX for more information.
  • “Purple Up” events throughout April. Military families can drive up or visit the PX to receive a free goodie bag and certificate of appreciation. Shoppers can contact the Fort Drum Exchange at (315) 773-0061 for the date, time, and event location.

Military families can find more information on Month of the Military child exclusive deals, event details, sweepstakes information and more on the Exchange’s community Hub at

(Army and Air Force Exchange Services)