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The Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018 authorized the Department of Defense to expand access to commissary shopping privileges to:

  • Veterans with any VA-documented service-connected disability;
  • Purple Heart recipients;
  • Former prisoners of war; and
  • Individuals assessed, approved and designated as primary family caregivers to eligible veterans under VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers.

This will require most newly eligible veterans to present a Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC) reflecting the proper designation in order to shop. Please contact the installation to inquire about local policies regarding installation access.

When you shop at Your Commissary, you can enjoy a shopping environment that exclusively serves the military community, with a workforce that understands your needs. Plus, studies show our customers save an average of 25% worldwide, compared to prices at commercial stores!

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DeCA appreciates your commitment to service members and their families. We thank you for sharing these savings and the commissary benefit with our patrons.

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Norman E. Brown
Director of Marketing
Defense Commissary Agency

Scholarships for Military Children: Application deadline of Feb. 14 is fast approaching. Read more

By Mike Perron,
DeCA public affairs specialist
 

FORT GREGG-ADAMS, Va. – The Feb. 14 deadline to submit applications to the Scholarships for Military Children program, administered by the nonprofit Fisher House Foundation, is almost here.

A total of 500 scholarship grants, each for $2,000, will be awarded for the 2024-25 school year with at least one recipient selected at every military commissary store location where qualified applications are received. Additional recipients will be selected based on a prorated basis, so more grants will be awarded to students at those commissaries with larger numbers of applicants.

The program was created in 2001 to recognize the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force, and to celebrate the role of the commissary in the military community. It is open to sons and daughters of active duty, reserve/guard, or retired military commissary customers.

Now in its 24th year, the Scholarships for Military Children Program, through the generosity of Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) vendors and others, has awarded more than $23 million to more than 13,000 students, selected from a pool of nearly 117,500 applicants.

“Through their efforts and generosity Fisher House Foundation guarantees continued educational growth opportunities for the children of our military service members,” said Todd Heasley, DeCA’s military scholarships program liaison. “It’s an honor to partner with a premier non-profit foundation dedicated to the military community and families.”

Eligibility for the program is determined using the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database. Applicants should ensure that they, as well as their sponsor, are enrolled in the DEERS database and have a current military dependent ID card. The applicant must also be planning to attend or already be attending an accredited college or university full time, or be enrolled in a program of studies designed to transfer directly into a four-year program.

Applicants who are awarded a full scholarship to attend a college or university or receive an appointment to one of the service academies or affiliated preparatory schools are not eligible to receive funds from this program. A full scholarship is usually defined as one that provides for payment of tuition, books, lab fees and other expenses.

All rules and requirements for the program, as well as links to frequently asked questions and the application itself, are available at Fisher House’s Scholarships for Military Children web page.

“This program is instrumental in fostering the educational ambitions of our military families’ children, enabling them to actualize their aspirations in higher learning,” said Navy Command Master Chief Mario Rivers, senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director. “I emphatically recommend that families with eligible students capitalize on this exceptional opportunity to enhance their educational dreams.”

Fisher House also hosts a custom scholarship search engine on its web site, tailored to military families, called “Scholarships for Service.” It’s free, easy to use, and formatted for both mobile devices and computers at MilitaryScholar.org.

The Scholarships for Military Children program is managed by Scholarship Managers, a national, nonprofit organization. If students have questions about the scholarship program application, they should call Scholarship Managers at 856-616-9311 or email them at militaryscholar@scholarshipmanagers.com.

No government funds are used to support the Scholarships for Military Children Program. Commissary vendors, manufacturers, brokers, suppliers and the general public donate money to fund the program.

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FORT GREGG-ADAMS, Va.Building nutritious eating habits has numerous health benefits and typically, we strive to begin the new year vowing to do better. The first week or two may go well; however, as the new year progresses, we may find ourselves overwhelmed with the perceived time commitment this new goal requires.

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) understands not only the importance of committing to a healthy lifestyle for our military customer, but the challenges that commitment may bring, and strives to equip patrons with resources to assist them in meeting their nutrition goals. That’s the message from Deborah Harris, DeCA’s dietitian and health and wellness program manager, who holds a master of Public Health degree and is a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist. 

DeCA’s “Thinking Outside the Box (TOTB)” is one of those resources. These meal solutions, featured in the commissary sales flyer every two weeks, offer the commissary patron dietitian-approved recipes requiring minimal ingredients which are quick and easy to prepare.

TOTB’s featured recipe ingredients are offered at significant savings during the sales period. These recipes provide nutrition information, tips and always align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans so you can be sure they are healthy and economical.

“Small, consistent changes that fit into our lifestyle will make the biggest impact in our ability to maintain healthy behavior,” Harris said. “Adding the featured Thinking Outside the Box recipe to your meal plan each week is a simple way to make meaningful changes that will be consistent.”

Shopping for TOTB recipe ingredients is easy when using Commissary CLICK2GO. Simply open your sales flyer on shop.commissaries.com, find the featured TOTB recipe and click each recipe ingredient to add to your cart. Fill your basket right from your online sales flyer.

To help with your TOTB meal planning, DeCA has prepared a refrigerator card, available for download on corp.commissaries.com, showing the TOTB recipe that will be featured during each 2024 sales period.

Thinking Outside the Box” recipes are always accessible on corp.commissaries.com under the “Healthy Living” tab. This library features quick and easy, dietitian-approved recipes for appetizers, entrees, salads, side dishes and even desserts.             

While choosing your recipes for the week, visit the Healthy Living tabs to learn about meal nutrition, the Dietitian Approved Thumb program, food preparation and setting nutrition goals.

Be healthier in 2024 with ‘Thinking Outside the Box’ to save money, time

Thinking Outside the Box meals offer quick, healthy and economical solutions for your busy lifestyle. They also include tips and suggestions on how to use the leftover items after preparing your meal. In addition to offering a nutritious recipe for a family meal, TOTB provides scientifically credible health and nutrition information with tips on how to improve the nutrition quality of the diet. Try using these for a month and see what happens to not only your food budget but also your waistline! They feature a key nutrient and align with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and may even be a tastier and healthier version of a high-fat or high-calorie dish. Start new healthy habits with TOTB as well as with Dietitian Approved recipes.

Check out the Healthy Eats section online.

Applications now available for 2024 – 2025 scholarships

Applications have now opened for Fisher House Foundation’s Scholarships for Military Children program for academic year 2024 – 2025. The program recognizes the contributions of military families to the readiness of America’s fighting force and celebrates the commissary’s role in enhancing military quality of life. Fisher House Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping service members, veterans and their families, administers the program. For scholarship year 2024-25, Fisher House Foundation will award 500 scholarship grants of $2,000 each. The selection process will begin following the application deadline of Feb. 14, at 11:59 p.m. PST. Read the entire news release online.

Commissaries customize website for online shopping

Commissary patrons now see a faster path to virtual shopping as the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) announces “shop.commissaries.com,” as its go-to website for access to services like online ordering, payment and pickup. Shop.commissaries.com replaced “commissaries.com” as DeCA’s patron-facing online site, streamlining the customer experience and making it consistent with other grocery retailers. Read the entire new release online.

Commissary patrons now see a faster path to virtual shopping as the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) announces “shop.commissaries.com,” as its go-to website for access to services like online ordering, payment and pickup. Shop.commissaries.com replaced “commissaries.com” as DeCA’s patron-facing online site, streamlining the customer experience and making it consistent with other grocery retailers. Read the entire new release online.

Build your basket with us! The Dietitian Approved Thumb (DAT) shelf tags makes it easy to identify foods that are nutrient dense from lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains: Dietitian Approved

Commissary CLICK2GO reaches $100M in sales

100m C2G.jpg      FORT GREGG-ADAMS, Va.Commissary CLICK2GO, the Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA) online shopping and curbside pickup service, reached $100 million in sales on Feb. 16.

“This is a significant milestone for us because it shows the improvements that we’ve made to our online shopping experience, and that we are providing a strong benefit that our military community is using,” said Dr. Theon Danet, DeCA’s executive director of the IT Group and chief information officer. “We’re excited about the future of Commissary CLICK2GO and how we can add even more value for commissary patrons.”

The $100 million in sales was generated through 686,185 completed Commissary CLICK2GO orders since the service launched in May 2021. Basket sizes for those orders averaged around $125.

“Commissary CLICK2GO gives our customers the best of both worlds,” Danet said. “It allows them to place their orders online and save the time they would normally spend shopping in stores. Also, curbside pickup enables them to collect their orders at their convenience by choosing a time slot that works best for them.”

Using Commissary CLICK2GO, or CC2G, also provides additional benefits:

·       Patrons have better control of their budget because it’s easier to see how grocery costs are adding up and make adjustments if they are exceeding their grocery budget. It can also help to prevent impulse purchases.

·       Shoppers can make their preferences known with detailed notes and comments for individual items.

·       Patrons have access to other savings resources through the website, such as viewing their local commissary sales flyer and product promotions, clipping digital coupons and learning about commissary store brands.

·       CC2G offers cooking resources, such as recipes and dietitian-approved meal solutions, as well as product information like ingredients and nutritional facts for each product.

Marketing and outreach to commissary customers were vital to reaching the $100 million mark, according to Danet. In addition, the expansion of item availability at every commissary and the expansion of order windows contributed to more sales. Enhancements in the areas of information technology, payment processing, management and support were also key to the program’s efforts.

Patrons can access CC2G by logging into their shop.commissaries account from their computer or mobile device. The CC2G app is available for free download through Google’s Play or Apple’s App stores.

As DeCA looks to increase the benefits of the program for service members and their families, the agency is actively exploring how to add doorstep delivery to homes and onsite support to military units.

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