Department of Defense Extends Online Military Exchange Shopping Privileges to Veterans
Release No: NR-010-17
Jan. 13, 2017
The Department of Defense announced a policy change that will extend limited online military
exchange shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the military.
The veterans online shopping benefit will be effective this Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
While shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products, it
includes the Exchange Services’ dynamic online retail environment known so well to service
members and their families. This policy change follows careful analysis, coordination and
strong public support.
"We are excited to provide these benefits to honorably discharged veterans to recognize their
service and welcome them home to their military family,” said Peter Levine, performing the
duties for the under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
"In addition, this initiative represents a low-risk, low-cost opportunity to help fund Morale,
Welfare and Recreation programs in support of service members’ and their families’ quality of
life. And it’s just the right thing to do,” Levine added.
The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online businesses to better serve
current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the
exchanges’ online presence, thereby improving the experience for all patrons through improved
vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments, and improved efficiencies, according
to DoD officials.
"As a nation, we are grateful for the contributions of our service members. Offering this
lifetime online benefit is one small, tangible way the nation can say, ‘Thank you’ to those
who served with honor,” Levine said.