DISABLED VETERANS SHOPPING BENEFIT
On January 1, 2020 the Department of Defense expanded in-store military exchange and commissary shopping privileges as well as MWR resale facility use to:
- All Veterans with service-connected disabilities
- Purple Heart recipients
- Former prisoners of war
- Caregivers or family caregivers registered as the primary caregiver for a veteran in the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
(a) SHORT TITLE.—This section may be cited as the ‘‘Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018’’.
(b) COMMISSARY STORES AND MWR FACILITIES PRIVILEGES FOR CERTAIN VETERANS AND VETERAN CAREGIVERS.—
(1) EXTENSION OF PRIVILEGES.—Chapter 54 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
‘‘§ 1065. Use of commissary stores and MWR facilities: certain veterans and caregivers for veterans
‘‘(a) ELIGIBILITY OF VETERANS AWARDED THE PURPLE HEART.— A veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart shall be permitted to use commissary stores and MWR facilities on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay.
‘‘(b) ELIGIBILITY OF VETERANS WHO ARE MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS.—A veteran who is a Medal of Honor recipient shall be permitted to use commissary stores and MWR facilities on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay.
‘‘(c) ELIGIBILITY OF VETERANS WHO ARE FORMER PRISONERS OF WAR.—A veteran who is a former prisoner of war shall be permitted to use commissary stores and MWR facilities on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay. ‘‘(d) ELIGIBILITY OF VETERANS WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED
DISABILITIES.—A veteran with a service-connected disability shall be permitted to use commissary stores and MWR facilities on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay.
‘‘(e) ELIGIBILITY OF CAREGIVERS FOR VETERANS.—A caregiver or family caregiver shall be permitted to use commissary stores and MWR facilities on the same basis as a member of the armed forces entitled to retired or retainer pay.'‘(f) USER FEE AUTHORITY.—(1) The Secretary of Defense shall prescribe regulations that impose a user fee on individuals who are eligible solely under this section to purchase merchandise at a commissary store or MWR retail facility.
10 USC 1065.
10 USC 101 note.
Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018.
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‘‘(2) The Secretary shall set the user fee under this subsection at a rate that the Secretary determines will offset any increase in expenses arising from this section borne by the Department of the Treasury on behalf of commissary stores associated with the use of credit or debit cards for customer purchases, including expenses related to card network use and related transaction processing fees.
‘‘(3) The Secretary shall deposit funds collected pursuant to a user fee under this subsection in the General Fund of the Treasury.
‘‘(4) Any fee under this subsection is in addition to the uniform surcharge under section 2484(d) of this title.
‘‘(g) DEFINITIONS.—In this section:
‘‘(1) The term ‘MWR facilities’ includes—
‘‘(A) MWR retail facilities, as that term is defined in section 1063(e) of this title; and
‘‘(B) military lodging operated by the Department of Defense for the morale, welfare, and recreation of members of the armed forces.
‘‘(2) The term ‘Medal of Honor recipient’ has the meaning given that term in section 1074h(c) of this title.
‘‘(3) The terms ‘veteran’, ‘former prisoner of war’, and ‘service-connected’ have the meanings given those terms in section 101 of title 38.
‘‘(4) The terms ‘caregiver’ and ‘family caregiver’ have the meanings given those terms in section in section 1720G(d) of title 38.’’.
(2) CLERICAL AMENDMENT.—The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 54 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item:
‘‘1065. Use of commissary stores and MWR facilities: certain veterans and caregivers for veterans.’’.
(3) EFFECTIVE DATE.—Section 1065 of title 10, United States Code, as added by paragraph (1), shall take effect on
January 1, 2020.
(4) BRIEFING REQUIRED.—Not later than October 1, 2019, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and House of Representatives a briefing on the plan of the Secretary to implement section 1065 of title 10, United States Code, as added by paragraph (1).
News About The Benefit
VETERANS ONLINE SHOPPING BENEFIT
The Exchange—the Department of Defenseʼs oldest and largest military retailer—is honored to serve all honorably discharged Veterans with a lifelong online military exchange shopping benefit.
Honorably discharged Veterans of all United States Armed Forces, including the Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard as well as the Air Force Reserve, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve and National Guard.
Approved Veterans can shop the online exchanges, including ShopMyExchange.com! Shopping with the Exchange online gives you access to exclusive military pricing and offers, tax-free shopping and more. This is a lifelong benefit that will be extended to all who discharge honorably from service.
The Department of Defense announced this benefit in January 2017; it became effective on Nov. 11, 2017.
Online with any of the military exchanges. This benefit does not grant installation access.
To recognize and honor your service, make your life better and improve the overall military community. Expanding online shopping privileges strengthens funding of military Quality-of-Life programs including Child, Youth and School Services, Armed Forces Recreation Centers, combat uniforms below cost and more.
Click here to sign up for an account! Note: You may be asked to submit discharge paperwork for review to verify your eligibility. This can be for several reasons, but most likely, the record we have for you is missing a type of discharge (commonly called "Character of Service" or "Character of Separation"). You will be provided a link to VetVerify.org, a shared service of the four military exchanges, to upload your documentation. This process can take up to three days to complete; you will be notified by the VetVerify customer service team when your documentation has been reviewed.