Military Considers A Shopping Perk For Veterans

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (June 22, 2014) The U.S. military is considering whether to allow all of the nation's veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods, a perk now available only to a small minority.

The Army & Air Force Exchange Service director proposed the change as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores.

Veterans who served for 20 years or longer earn shopping privileges.

The exchange service says 20 million veterans would be affected if the Defense Department allows all veterans who served honorably to use its online shopping site, no matter how many years they served.

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