Commissary, Military Service Exchange, and MWR Access Extended to More Veterans Beginning January
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the Department of Defense is expanding access to military commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation facilities for certain Veterans and caregivers. Those eligible for access include all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former Prisoners of War (POW), and those approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans. To acquire the in-person privileged access, all eligible Veterans must obtain a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC). Click here to read more.
(CEJ Note: I went through this process earlier this week (January 21, 2020) at the F E Warren AFB here in Cheyenne. It was fairly painless. Besides my VHIC, I needed to present proof of insurance and the title to my vehicle and my drivers license. My photo was taken and my right and left index finger prints were taken as well. Once that was in the base computer, access was as simple as driving to the gate, letting the guard scan my VHIC card and I was in. I was able to purchase items at both the Exchange and the Commissary. In addition, I had access to all MWR (Morale, Welfare and Recreation) facilities and events. This includes any lodging facilities such as the Air Force Inns, and would also apply to the Navy Lodge. The Army website for lodging is not too clear on who has access. I would assume that their lodging is also included. For more information on lodging go to dodlodging.net. There is also another website for American Forces Travel that is run under contract by Priceline. I did not get access to it and I had to go to the base personnel office and get my DEERs records fixed. I am not sure how other states work but here in Cheyenne it is much better to go to rapids-appointments.dmdc.osd.mil to make an appointment instead of sitting and waiting for the next opening to occur (that is called learning the hard way). If anyone has questions please don't hesitate to call me. I might be able to save you some time.
(Posted 24 December 2019)
REAL ID REQUIREMENT IS NOW 1 OCTOBER 2021
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