October 28, 2021

U.S. Veterans

U.S.A Veterans News, Support & Information

Expanded Commissary, Exchange, MWR Access for Veterans

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On January 1st, 2020, newly eligible customers, including veterans with service-connected disabilities, Purple Heart recipients, former Prisoners of War, and primary caregivers will be able to shop the commissary, military exchanges and use morale, welfare and recreation retail activities. Whether you’re a first-time shopper or you shopped the commissary during your time on active duty, you’ll find great savings on groceries and superior customer service.

The expanded privileges and access to about 3 million new patrons, are the result of the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018.

Veterans need a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) for in-person Commissary, Military Exchange, MWR access.

This expanded access may include the following areas depending on the mission, the base, and other variables:

MWR-run on-base golf courses
On-base recreation areas
On-post movie theaters
On-base bowling alleys
MWR campgrounds and lodging facilities
Military service exchanges including Coast Guard
Golf courses
Bowling centers
Recreational lodging
RV campgrounds
Movie theaters
And more!


Video by Tony Brazier
Defense Commissary Agency

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