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Service members stateside will soon be able to avail themselves of discounts on major appliances through Home Depot as well as delivery and installation provided by the retail giant.

Home Depot is partnering with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange on the purchase program, which is expected to start by next spring, said AAFES spokesman Chris Ward.

The program will significantly expand the inventory of major appliances, Ward said. It will be available to all exchange customers in the continental United States, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.

Customers will be able to shop for big-ticket items via a Home Depot-branded online portal through the exchange websites or visit a Home Depot section in exchange stores, including those that do not currently have appliance showrooms.

Orders will be fulfilled by Home Depot, which will also handle delivery and installation, Ward said.

Among the products that will be available through the partnership are washers, dryers, dishwashers, freezers, over-the-counter or built-in microwaves, ranges, cooktops, ovens, hoods and refrigerators.

The program will be open to active-duty service members and their dependents, military retirees, Defense Department civilians and retirees, and honorably discharged veterans.

All shoppers will need to confirm their eligibility, which they can do at shopmyexchange.com or mynavyexchange.com.

A tax-free discount that will vary by product and the local sales tax rate will be applied to purchases, Ward said.

Home Depot already offers service members, veterans and their families a 10% discount on select products. The maximum discount is $400, but the 10% discount currently cannot be used for major appliances, according to Home Depot’s website.

That could change, though. Additional discounts that are under consideration in conjunction with the new program would be announced later, Ward said.

An exclusive partnership between Home Depot and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange that  will make it easier for military exchange customers to purchase Home Depot-brand items at a discount, is expected to start by next spring, an AAFES spokesman said.

An exclusive partnership between Home Depot and the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and the Navy Exchange that will make it easier for military exchange customers to purchase Home Depot-brand items at a discount, is expected to start by next spring, an AAFES spokesman said. (Home Depot)

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

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