Senate passes measure to extend commissary, exchange privileges to more veterans

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Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commissary shoppers find their way around the new store on opening day, Feb. 2, 2017 in Florida. CHARLES PANTER/U.S. NAVY
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Naval Air Station Jacksonville Commissary shoppers find their way around the new store on opening day, Feb. 2, 2017 in Florida. CHARLES PANTER/U.S. NAVY

Senate passes measure to extend commissary, exchange privileges to more veterans

by: Nikki Wentling | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: August 03, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Senate approved a measure Wednesday that will allow more veterans to shop at discounted, on-base stores.

All Purple Heart and Medal of Honor recipients, former prisoners of war and veterans with disabilities connected to their military service, as well as veteran caregivers, would be eligible to shop at commissaries, according to the legislation.

The measure was included in the $716 billion National Defense Authorization Act that the Senate approved by a vote of 87 to 10. The bill will now go to President Donald Trump for his signature.

“With my legislation set to become law, we will finally open up our commissaries to war heroes,” said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, one of the senators behind the commissary measure.

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