Are you a veteran? Find out if the new law will make you eligible to shop in-person on military installations!

Have you heard of the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018? 

That is the new legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i) and John Boozman (R-Ark.) in July 12, 2018 that will provide eligible Veterans and Primary Family Caregivers with access to DoD and Coast Guard commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare, and recreation retail services. It will be effective starting on Jan. 1, 2020. 
  • Purple Heart recipients
  • Former prisoners of war
  • All veterans with service-connected disabilities
  • Individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers
Currently The DoD, VA and the Department of Homeland Security are collaborating to make it happen. That means if eligible, starting Jan. 1, 2020, you will have access to:
  • *Commissaries
  • Military service exchanges
  • Golf courses
  • Bowling centers
  • Recreational lodging
  • RV campgrounds
  • Movie theaters
  • And more!
*There would be a small fee charged by DOD to new users, eligible under the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018, for processing commercial credit and debit cards.


      You would need a VHIC ID CARD, not Veterans Identification Card (VIC) in order to have access to DoD and Coast Guard installations for in-person commissary, exchange and MWR retail privileges.

Visit for information regarding eligibility for the VHIC and the application process.
*Veterans must be enrolled in the VA health care system to receive a VHIC*


If you are a veterans that was honorably discharged you would still be  eligible for online military exchange shopping through the Veterans Online Shopping Benefit. 

To access your online shopping benefit, follow the instructions to establish an account at any of the following military exchange websites, or the VA’s Veterans Canteen Service:
*Veterans and caregivers with felony convictions, felony arrest warrants or other types of derogatory information related to criminal history or terrorism will not be permitted entry.*


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