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Did you see the Jersey Devil at Stop & Shop? Here’s what was happening in Clifton

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Twenty-three years ago, Ayshah Tual left her hometown of Newburgh, New York, to join the U.S. Air Force.

The Air Force took her far and away, most notably to Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom in 2002 and most recently to an undisclosed base in the Middle East. Her sacrifices for her country did not go unnoticed.

Stop & Shop Supermarket Company, in partnership with the New Jersey Devils, teamed up to give Tual, an Air Force senior master sergeant and mother of two, a $500 shopping spree at the Clifton Commons grocery store on Monday.

“It’s a day after Mother’s Day and Military Appreciation Month,” said Stop & Shop’s communication manager Daniel Wolk. Tual, a Devils season ticket holder, was the perfect candidate.

For the master sergeant, who runs the day-to-day operation at Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, New York, the $500 shopping spree was most welcome. Her two children, an 18-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter, are gobbling up the groceries.

“My son, he’s always eating,” she said.

The family was also treated to a Devils Jersey signed by team forward Curtis Lazar, who was at the spree on Monday and thanked Tual for her long-standing service.

On Monday the family members walked around the grocery store and filled a shopping cart with their favorite groceries. The Devils’ mascot accompanied them along with Lazar.

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Tual, who lives in Wallkill, New York, said she was contacted by a Devils ticket representative who informed her that she had been selected. She said she was thrilled.

“I grew up in a family of Devils fans,” she said, remembering all the great teams. She said she has a soft spot for Martin Brodeur.

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