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All Military Veterans can shop AAFES and/or Navy Exchange starting on Nov 11, 2017

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Honorably discharged veterans may make online exchange purchases for
themselves and their dependents

I should add that online military exchange shopping privileges doesn't allow you to purchase uniform
items, alcohol, or tobacco products to all honorably discharged veterans of
the Military Services effective November 11, 2017.

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a post from fellow slickdealer:

"Currently only active duty, reserves, retired, and 100% disabled veterans can shop at the Exchange.

This change will open the Exchange websites (not B&M stores) to all veterans.

Change will take effect by Veterans Day."


https://slickdeals.net/f/9672216-psa-military-exchanges-websites-aafes-nex-to-be-opened-to-all-veterans
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Sources:

http://www.militarytimes.com/arti...ng-benefit

http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directive...17-003.pdf
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Created 01-19-2017 at 09:23 AM by Rigelraz
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Its about damn time.

But then I read this:

"any profits after operating costs are either returned to the services' morale, welfare and recreation programs, or used for construction and other improvements to stores."

So with a bunch of overpaid civilians in charge....I doubt any monies reach MWR.
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.... AND their dependents it appears. Wonder how this will work.
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This has nothing to do with Trump, it's because the AAFES stores are not doing well and they need to get more business. But here's the problem...they carry expensive name brands to cater to higher paid Officers/NCOs that do not shop there! Their prices can almost always be beat elsewhere, so the only thing they have going for them is overseas or out of the way locations where there is no competition. To be honest, I'm amazed they're still in business.
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.... AND their dependents it appears. Wonder how this will work.
Honorably discharged veterans may make online exchange purchases for
themselves and their dependents, but these online exchange shopping
privileges do not extend directly to those dependents.

If you are a veteran you can make purchase for your dependents.
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This has nothing to do with Trump, it's because the AAFES stores are not doing well and they need to get more business. But here's the problem...they carry expensive name brands to cater to higher paid Officers/NCOs that do not shop there! Their prices can almost always be beat elsewhere, so the only thing they have going for them is overseas or out of the way locations where there is no competition. To be honest, I'm amazed they're still in business.
don't forget no sales tax. Smilie
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I wonder how they are going to make that distinction at the gate of the installations. I might be wrong, but I do not believe there is currently any "VETERAN" identifier on any of the ID cards being issued, active, reserves, retired.

Honor system? Letter?
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don't forget no sales tax. Smilie
True, they do have that going for them but when items are overpriced to start with, sometimes it still doesn't matter...
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I wonder how they are going to make that distinction at the gate of the installations. I might be wrong, but I do not believe there is currently any "VETERAN" identifier on any of the ID cards being issued, active, reserves, retired.

Honor system? Letter?
"Veterans authorized online exchange shopping privileges by this
memorandum are not authorized either to receive a DoD identification card or
to gain access to DoD installations and other DoD property upon which
exchanges are located."

Only allowed to shop online.
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True, they do have that going for them but when items are overpriced to start with, sometimes it still doesn't matter...
Sometimes there are good deals on Black Friday. Adding to that deal is there is no sales tax.
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I don't really think AAFES is designed to compete with outside retailers as they cant. Mostly only for Military personnel on base who may not have access to transportation. It's saved my sanity when I went to Fire Academy a couple of times, but the prices and selection are mediocre at best.
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I don't really think AAFES is designed to compete with outside retailers as they cant. Mostly only for Military personnel on base who may not have access to transportation. It's saved my sanity when I went to Fire Academy a couple of times, but the prices and selection are mediocre at best.
True.

Especially for trainees that are not allowed to have their car in the base.
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"Veterans authorized online exchange shopping privileges by this
memorandum are not authorized either to receive a DoD identification card or
to gain access to DoD installations and other DoD property upon which
exchanges are located."

Only allowed to shop online.
There's my answer! Thanks!
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I do believe that all veterans enrolled in the VA healthcare system already had access to this thru Veterans canteen? When I enrolled I remember having to supply my ID number.
So sounds like this extends to veterans outside the healthcare system? What id will be used? DD214?
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finally, I was wondering why honorably discharged vets aren't allowed to go to nex
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