On April 11, 2018, Congressman Daniel Lipinski (IL), introduced H.R. 5467, the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018.
Access to the Department of Defense (DoD) commissary stores and Morale, Welfare & Recreational (MWR) retail facilities is currently limited to active duty service members and dependents, Guard and reservists, military retirees, certain surviving spouses of deceased service members and veterans rated at 100 percent permanently disabled. In November 2017, the Secretary of DoD granted online access to MWR retail facilities to all honorably discharged veterans.
This legislation, H.R. 5467, will expand eligibility to physical commissary stores and MWR retail facilities to veterans awarded the Purple Heart, Medal of Honor recipients, former prisoners of war, veterans with a service-connected disability and caregivers of certain veterans.
DAV supports this legislation as it is in agreement with DAV Resolution No. 222, to expand commissary privileges to all service-connected veterans. Please use the prepared electronic letter or draft your own to urge your Member of Congress to support and cosponsor H.R. 5467.
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