Commissary Benefit Again Under Attack
Budget pressures on the Department of Defense (DoD) caused by sequestration are leading policy makers to explore every option for cutting costs. One potential target for cuts: the commissary. There are reports that the Department has asked the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) to develop a plan to close all stateside commissaries.
It is important to keep in mind that this request to DeCA does not mean commissaries are going away. The plan would have to be included in the Defense budget for 2015 and approved by Congress. However, it is also true that in this era of budget cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said that “everything” is on the table and commissary closure has been suggested in many past Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reports and as recently as July, 2013 in the Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR) by the Department of Defense (DoD).
In November, the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel examined the commissary benefit at a hearing. The National Military Family Association submitted testimony defending the importance of the benefit.
Our Association believes the commissary benefit is a part of financial readiness for military families. As a member of the Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits, we encourage you to engage with our leaders about how important the commissary benefit is to you. The Coalition has developed a form letter to President Obama you can use to simplify the process. Please take the time to share your thoughts with the Administration. We also encourage you to write to your Members of Congress to tell them about the importance of your earned commissary benefit. You can find your Member of Congress by clicking here.
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