H.R. 1477, The Disabled Veterans Commissary and Exchange Store Benefits Act (81 comments ↓)

H.R. 1477 would amend title 10, United States Code, to extend military commissary and exchange store privileges to veterans with a compensable service-connected disability and to their dependents.

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E. R.

March 23, 2007, 4:23pm (report abuse)

It about time, many veterans have been waiting for this to happened. Lets how this one goes!

John Doe

April 24, 2007, 3:47pm (report abuse)

Veterans who serve there country honorable with a diability deserve the privilage to shop in the commissary and exchange.

Charles Edwards

May 8, 2007, 12:59pm (report abuse)

If anyone serves this country and is considered disabled as result of miliatry service should be allowed to use the commissary and exchange store for life.


May 14, 2007, 12:31pm (report abuse)

Its is sad that a lot of retired veterans, have the privilige to buy and use comissaries px etc, when a lot of them had never served in a war and people who are comming back dissable cannot. Is it fare?

Tammy Corkwell

May 22, 2007, 8:07pm (report abuse)

I am a Disabled American Veteran and I have tried to find a job that I can do, but no one has hired me due to lack of experience, they don't want to train me. I wish I could use the commissary; I can't afford to go grocery shopping much until I get a job. I am in school full time. I can't even continue my pool physical therapy due to the lack of allowable on base privileges. I hope my country that I am so proud of and that I sacrificed for will rethink how the Veterans (Disabled) are affected!


July 11, 2007, 10:36am (report abuse)

I served this country and I am a diabled veteran. I deserved and should have a privelege to buy and use the commissary.

God Bless America !!!

Thom McNeely

July 11, 2007, 12:37pm (report abuse)

I served in both the Veitnam era as well as the Golf War era. I did this because I love my country and wanted to give something back. When I was injured in the line of duty I was severanced out of the military. I later found out that this severance pay was to be paid back out of my monthly check. And I lost all commissary and exchange privlages. I get 30% disability and since leaving the service I can no longer work and receive disability from social security. I think since it was the military that wanted me out they should not be paid back for severance pay and I deserve the right to shop in the commissary and exchange. Living on a fixed income this would be a God send. How about the goverment doing something right for a change and taking care of us veterans. We gave now it your turn to give a little. I'm sure it won't hurt to give as much as we hurt when we gave.


July 18, 2007, 8:29am (report abuse)

I served 11 years in the military (Navy active and reserve and the Army National Guard),I served in the Persian Gulf during the "Tanker War" and I served during "Desert Storm", I also served on state emergency duty during the midwest flood of 1993.I am rated at 10% disability. I would use the exchange and commissary for the savings and to stay connected to the military. This bill makes sense, just a few short years ago there was much debate on how to attract more business for the exchange and commissaries, if this bill is enacted it would only increase their revenue and help a lot of vet's, the way I see it, it's a win - win situation.


July 18, 2007, 1:22pm (report abuse)

I served in the Navy all of WWII & the day the war ended I turned into sick bay with diagnosis Bilateral far advanced TB & had to spend 3 1/2 years in Navy/TB hospitals. I received a medical discharge & unable to be in military service again. I have never had the priviledge of shopping at the commissary/exchange. I am not allowed to shop there. Does this seem fair to you?


July 18, 2007, 1:30pm (report abuse)

Addenum to my previous comment: I was rated 100 % disabled with my TB for many years, now presently at 60 % disability. Never had the priviledge of using the commissary.


July 26, 2007, 10:34am (report abuse)

This is past due! This not only helps the disabled veteran but puts money back in the MWR fund for the active duty guys. Money alone is not an adaquate compensation for the pain I feel every day for my service connected disability. This would be an increase of quality of life issue that would be good for everyone involved. Please make it happen!


August 6, 2007, 8:59am (report abuse)

At 60% you can apply for IU and be rated at 100% unemployable which would give you commissary and exchange priviledges...see your nearest VARO for assistance! TXMASN


August 6, 2007, 9:10am (report abuse)

Ken...at 60% you can possibly qualify for IU, a 100% rating with the VA...see your nearest VARO. I am 100% IU and have Commissary and Exchange priveleges...not much difference than shopping on the economy when comparing prices (minus tax)


August 7, 2007, 12:25am (report abuse)

I am 70% denied twice for IU, even after having my 4th and 5th back surgery.


August 27, 2007, 12:57pm (report abuse)

What is IU? I am 60 and have been for 28 years. No one ever told me I could get anything.


August 28, 2007, 7:17am (report abuse)

This is absolutely rediculous. Mr.Fortenberry is a lunatic. Comissary and exchange privleges are earned by virtue of having served a full career. If you wanted them, you should have stuck around. As a retired serviceman I have no desire to share space with civilians.


August 28, 2007, 6:46pm (report abuse)

I am 100% SC and have the ID. I have used the Commissary a couple of times, and the Exchange once. The Exchange is no great deal. I live 1 hr from the base. Was by there today, and choose not to visit. They say this is cost free to government, but it is not. There is a cost to issue the IDs and base passes. The VA must issue a letter for each one, and it takes about 30 minutes to process each application the first time.

If you want to talk about the guys coming back disabled now, I am all in favor. They can use all the help they can get.


September 11, 2007, 11:44pm (report abuse)

Bill, i would have gladly served a full 20 years. instead i fight for my country abd become disabled. i was denied reenlistment on a medical basis. now how is it fair that i gave my health and don't get these "privliges"? if you ask me they are implied in situations like this. i am 70% service connected and am about to be bound to a wheelchair. you sir should be ashamed of yourself, we are commrades in arms and countrymen i would hate to be your neighbor. you are being completely unreasonable.


September 14, 2007, 2:13pm (report abuse)

Served active duty for 4 years, Desert Storm, Honorably discharged. No benefits of PX or commisary. I'm not disabled. Exposed to chemical weapons tho. Is it fair that spouses of military noncombat soldiers who died of illness gets to shop at PX and Commisary and VA healthcare when I don't? These women refuse to marry boyfriends so they can keep PX/commisarry/VA health benefits!


September 26, 2007, 1:33pm (report abuse)

I am 30% Disabled with 17 years active duty and now I work as a Civilian aboard a military base....my entire adult life dedicated to the mission of DOD and I can't have exchange privelages. Gents, we need to revamp this policy. It's oudated and not applicable today.


September 30, 2007, 12:25am (report abuse)

Bill, I'm glad I did not serve with people like you. You tarnish the the status of being a Veteran and retired service member.I too was denied reenlistment based on my medical disability. And there are a lot of "Civilians" who shop the exchange and commissary.I would love to be on active duty and fighting the war on terror, in fact I tried to cheat on a physical and I was caught.


October 5, 2007, 10:23am (report abuse)

I was a paratrooper and was injured while serving in the US Army and we suppose to be in America where you thought they would take care of disable veteran. A great start will be to let DAV personnel have exchange privilege.


November 9, 2007, 9:30pm (report abuse)

I'm a 100% SC Veteran...served a little over 15 years on active duty. I wish I could have stayed in and retired like you Bill, but I was one of the many who received an injury and got booted out and I think that I and all the rest of the disabled veterans have earned the right to use the exchange services.

true american

November 13, 2007, 4:41am (report abuse)

anyone who thinks that a disabled vet rated 100% use the commisary or px is not a true unemployable should not have the right to american because if you go to war for our country you should have any privelages out there.


November 16, 2007, 12:56am (report abuse)

I'm also 50% WIA Vietnam Vet I also feel that I should have Base privelages.I feel that we earned it.


November 17, 2007, 8:24am (report abuse)

i feel we should be allowed all privalages as retirees as most of us would have completed 20. i am a disabled vet who continued to serve in national guard and navy reserves.i returned to the sandbox during oif 3 and returned with several ailments including sleep insomnia, sleep apnea. i had 16 good yrs of service as i had a break in service. i am now being forced out of the guard due to being nondeployable. i and many others would love to serve our 20 to get retiree benefits but i cant and shouldnt be denied those same benefits

Veronica Thompson

November 19, 2007, 11:59am (report abuse)

We need that extra help using the BX,PX,comminsary it will help our people out too because there is things I can buy there.

Woman Of the Military

November 19, 2007, 12:32pm (report abuse)

I Served my country with honors and went many places. Now I have the rights to use what is mine to us.I should not have to be limited to my rights as a vet to step back on the grounds of a military installtion. I gave my heart and soul for my country now I want some chicken out of the comminsary and some shoes out of the BX. will you help us get there.

Viviento de las tetas del Gobierno

November 19, 2007, 1:10pm (report abuse)

No s***. If veterans can shop on base, then I should be allow to shop at the BX and Commisary too. The IRS took way too much out of check from Burger King to support the DOD.


November 19, 2007, 10:22pm (report abuse)

I believe that DAV should have the right to commissary and exchange benefits especially when u think about people who get married after they retire and their new spouse and step children are allowed medical, dental and all exchange and commissary benefits talk about a jacked up system my husband recently was discharged after 15 years and an injury and he was rated 60%. It sucks to see my girlfriend who never did one deployment or day of active duty life be able to get all of what we had for 15 years and to have a injury caused by the military and this recent iraq war snatch it away is devastating.

Melissa Gore

November 20, 2007, 11:17am (report abuse)

I am 50% SC and have only received 10% of that from the PTSD I sustained from Iraq...I was discharged from the air force because I used alcohol to cover up the nightmares...because I was kicked out, I didn't get any of the prividegles of the BX/PX or commissary. I think that the least they could do is let us who have been wounded, either physically or mentally, have the same prividegles as retired veterans.

Army Vet

November 30, 2007, 8:33am (report abuse)

It's about time. I think it's the least the government can do to help veterans. I think the way the VA handles disability compensation claims for veterans is despicable and a slap in the face to the brave men and women who served this country. I am currently rated 60% disabled, both ankles fused and lower back compression fracture residuals, 7 surgeries to my legs so far. My condition has now deteriorated to the point where I need a wheelchair, and when I went to the VA to ask for one, I've been given the run around. When my first leg was fused it took 3 years to get my appeal processed when they initially denied my claim for rate increase. Now my other leg has been fused and they denied my claim for increase though it is fused the same as the other and I provided them medical evidence of it! THE VA NEEDS A TOTAL REVAMP and the government should be ashamed of how it treats it's veterans!!!


December 7, 2007, 10:32pm (report abuse)



December 9, 2007, 2:14pm (report abuse)

I hope this bill will get passed. Being a disabled vet it would be a big help for my family. However unless the President or someone else high up in the goverment pushes for it I think it will be like attemps earlier to help veterans. I urge all veterans to spread the word about this bill and ask the state politicians to help get it passed. Like they say UNITED WE STAND DIVIDED WE FALL!


December 9, 2007, 2:18pm (report abuse)

Great now were on the right track. Next lets get a bill in the works that says we don't have to pay back severance pay! How many of you feel like a towel that was used to wipe up a mess than tossed away? The goverment needed us when we were healthy now they just crap on us.


December 15, 2007, 11:43am (report abuse)

I Served with a Marine Rifle Company in Desert Storm. I have a 70% hearing loss as a direct result of my service. I served 4 years active and participated in Three combat conflicts during this short amount of time. Most FLAK JACKET HANDER OUTERS who serve for 20 years do not even see one of these conflicts. I too would gladly be serving my contry now if i did not have this disability.I now serve my comunity as a Sheriff's deputy.You are Damn right we should have this privilge!Semper FI!

Dennis Claiborne

December 23, 2007, 8:40am (report abuse)

I am a Vietnam Veteran With 60%

have a purple heart,

bronze Star ,PTSD. I should have

right to use the commissary


December 23, 2007, 4:23pm (report abuse)

I work inside a V.A. Hospital and I see how much these people that most Americans have forgotten live with pain each and everyday of there lives. One poor sole lives in a camper trailer and survives on his VA retirement and his Social Security and what ever he can hunt or grow in his small yard. I have taken him home many times and cried as I left him setting there in his old worn out recliner in that camper. He never complains and always talks about how much he enjoys life. Once I helped him inside his camper and the tempreture inside must have been over a 100 degrees. Setting on the counter was a dozen eggs. He had forgotten to put them away for later. He told me that he could eat for two days on a dozen eggs. And was thinking of buying a couple of chickens for his yard. I look at bills like this and think of the help it would be to them.I pray that those in power will think this holiday season about what needs a little push to get it thru.

henry simonin

December 25, 2007, 11:20am (report abuse)

Like to say it's time disable vets get the same privleges that regular vets do. long time coming but think the time is near. hope it goes through soon would like to enjoy some of the benefits while i'm still alive. Thank You H. simonin USMC


January 14, 2008, 9:43pm (report abuse)

As a 60% disabled vet, son of a deceased 100% disabled vet, it is about time for this legislation to pass. It has been tried in the past, I am keeping my fingers crossed.


January 21, 2008, 10:50am (report abuse)

I am for this bill. When I left the Navy and had to return my severance pay and wait over 2 years to get my disability, I took a major pay cut and could barely provide for my wife and two kids. They took my pride away but I got it back. I think that anyone who served and either retires or becomes disabled as a result of service, should be entitled to the same benefits. Bill, I think you need to go back in the closet and stay there. You should be ashamed of yourself. You obviously have no self-esteem or respect for anyone who gave their health or life for this country.


February 9, 2008, 4:06pm (report abuse)

Keep in mind "bill" served for 20 years and never saw combat, I served for just 7 years, saw combat on three different rotation and now disabled, bill's suggestion sound like something he pulled out his A#$.

May God forgive you for your statement.



February 13, 2008, 5:34pm (report abuse)

I am totally for this bill. I fell while working as a boatswain mate (BM1) directing cargo. I had brain surgery and was rated 60% disabled after 15 yrs of perfect service. I know a guy who retired an e-5 with 4 captains masts and he shops at the comisary. How is that fair. OH and that bill guy who doesnt like civilians in his navy exchange, Id like to slap him with my marline spike. JG


March 17, 2008, 12:46pm (report abuse)


This bill shows merit and appears to have wide bipartisan support. Unfortunately, DOD and some Veteran's organizations are lobbying against this bill's passage. It has come up for the past 10 years and continues to languish in subcommittee. Until we can get this passed through, it will not become a law.


March 24, 2008, 7:38pm (report abuse)

I agree that all disabled veterans who put in their time blood and sweat deserve this right. All of us who served had this access before why not now? It will not hurt anyone or anything to grant us this privelege. I am a 50% disabled veteran. I believe any veteran who is 10%-100% should be entitled. Semper FI Brothers and Sisters!!

What is needed????????

March 24, 2008, 8:02pm (report abuse)



March 24, 2008, 8:15pm (report abuse)

Shame on you Mr. Bill. Mission statement. No one should be left behind. Think about it!!


March 25, 2008, 10:21am (report abuse)

Though the PX and Commissary benefits are long overdue and should be a right to all disabled veterans, we must also be an educated consumer. The PX and commissary have fallen out of the traditional savings and the prices at times are equal to the supermarkets. I am also a disabled combat veteran.


March 29, 2008, 4:17pm (report abuse)

Every single person who served this country with pride, weather they had the oppertunity to go to war or not, and got out with an honorable discharge, disabled or none disabled, should be entitled to Commissary and Exchange store benefits. This a way the U.S Gov should say thank you for serving, and you earned the right to contiue to shop at the above mentioned facility's and use recreational facility's. Please pass this bill. Veterens proudly deserve it.


April 13, 2008, 2:22pm (report abuse)

I am 50% SC and like many of you , that gave your health in defense of America. Its bad enough when we have to fight the VA for benefits, now we have to fight to have the right to buy( spend money)at the bx. Will we ever get a break


April 16, 2008, 8:16pm (report abuse)

I ham 60% service connected I feel like I should have never lost my PX or Commesary Rights. I got out because I got hurt. I have been fighting to get these rights since I got out. If I got out from a medical discharge then I was found not fit of duty because of something that happened while I was in and I don't feel I should get punished for something that I had no control over.


April 24, 2008, 11:42pm (report abuse)

I served for almost 15 years. I got out on the early out. I received disability so I had to pay the money back. Now I have nothing to show I dedicated my life and received injuries while serving. Any one who has served disabled or not should be able to use the commissary and PX. We served proudly


May 13, 2008, 4:44pm (report abuse)

For months at walter reed in the fortys and 100% P&T WW2. I realy do not care who I shop with we all did the same thing and bled on dirt. Whats the big deal/

buying the booze and smokes should be for old guys you young guys don't need that.


May 16, 2008, 10:16pm (report abuse)

What is the timeline for this bill to be granted or denied? Does anyone know?


May 19, 2008, 7:35am (report abuse)

It has not yet been scheduled. We are at the mercy of the committee. If not scheduled by the end of September, it will die and need to be proposed again next year. Talk to your state representatives and urge them to contact the commitee, and call the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Military Personnel Staff line at (202) 225-7560. Tell them you'd like to see this passed.


May 19, 2008, 2:39pm (report abuse)

I am a Vietnam war veteran,decorated with the distinguished flying cross, purple heart and I believe I have earned the right to use the commissary.


June 2, 2008, 8:27pm (report abuse)

This bill is way too long in coming. I am a permanent employee of the Defense Commissary Service ana I cannot shop there, even with an 80% rating! It makes me sick to my stomach to assist customers, some of whom can't even speak English, and are eligible based on distant relatives. I am all for distant relatives having access, but it is a slap in the face of a disabled veteran who works there and can't buy there! Makes no sense to me. Anyone able to explain it?


June 5, 2008, 9:25am (report abuse)

FY09 Natoinal Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 5658) report states that the SecDef must supply a report of consideration for Disabled Veterans Access to Commissaries and Exchanges by the end of March, 2009. Looks like this won't even be considered until next congress.


July 17, 2008, 11:05pm (report abuse)

I am a 70% disabled vet who also had to pay back his severance pay to get a VA compensation. This would be nice to actually use the commisary which is actually cheaper for me in Washington D.C.

The whole disability system is screwed up because veterans who serve less then 8 years with a rating over 30% will not get a ID card under the current medical retiree system unless it is during a time of war they were discharged. Other wise u must serve more then 8 years. The discrimination of veteran against veteran must stop.


July 22, 2008, 9:55pm (report abuse)

Brothers, I am a 60% S/C vet with a wife and 2 small kids. I have served my country and would be serving now if I did not get wounded amd medically discharged. These privalages would help us out since it is so tough and I am limited to what I can do now. I miss the service so much and I would do it all over knowing what I know now. I would give my life just like my brothers have that I served with no questions...this in itself entitles me to these privaliges.


July 25, 2008, 12:44pm (report abuse)

The PX Commissary priviledge should be awarded to anyone with a disability rating,even a granted 0 percent rating.I would be glad to drive the 90 miles to reach a commissary PX Etc. Bless our service men and women of todays fighting forces. Old Nam veteran.


July 28, 2008, 12:32pm (report abuse)

This is great and I am sure that this will be approved, we deserve this.

Bill, your overuse of misspelled words is a key to your ignorance. Not everyone is able to complete a 20 year career. I, like many others, were injured in the line of duty. It is those who made the ultimate sacrifice and deserve these privileges more so than you. You should be ashamed. I would have loved to serve with you, simply so I could have put you in your place.


August 21, 2008, 12:57pm (report abuse)

"Deserve" is a much overused word. You did not earn it. Seems like another one of those "gimme gimme" kinds of appeals.


August 29, 2008, 1:40am (report abuse)

You are not one to put anyone "in their place". You seem to have trouble with the proper association and tense of words. What is that old saying about people in glass houses?


September 11, 2008, 11:09pm (report abuse)

Anothe rreason for base privalages is the reduction in after combat stress, If veterans were able to keep some sort of connection to th emilitary, their PTSD symptoms might be less, But being isolated from that life makes PTSD worse.

I was allowed to use th ePX one day during a local air show with my VA card, not allowed booze or cigarettes, not really into them, but it felt really good to be able to use the aafes shoppette while waiting for all the trafic to leave the base. Brought some of the good memories of the service back instead of the nightmares I have been experiencing for the past 17 years


September 14, 2008, 1:41pm (report abuse)

bill I think they need to send you back to duty. you should be ashame


September 21, 2008, 5:52pm (report abuse)

All s/c veterans should be entitled to px & commissary priveleges. Their whole lives have been drastically changed by the injuries or medical conditions as a result of protecting our nation.


October 12, 2008, 1:04pm (report abuse)

I'm currently active duty Air Force serving along side my brothers and sisters from all branches. I believe that this bill is a step in the right direction because it whether or not everyone else realizes, it takes alot of heart and courage to sign on that dotted line and sacrificing ourselves to maintain the freedoms we have earned for every American Citizen. Whether you served 1 year or 20+ years, you made a decision to become part of our nation's shield and that in itself should earn you the right to remain a part of our nation's military either directly or indirectly meaning even the simplest privileges such as the exchanges, commissaries, and gyms. And even those simple things could never be enough to repay the courage of all those who served putting service before self.


October 24, 2008, 1:34am (report abuse)

I served in the Navy for 6 years got injured and got an honorable discharge with an R-1 rentry code I am currently recibing 800 dollars disability and can not find a job to suport my family, I have tried to go back in the navy but they wont let me because I am disable over 50% , I feel like I has used and now that I am not usefull.


October 27, 2008, 1:20pm (report abuse)

Carlos - have you looked into voc rehab services? This sounds like something you could benefit from - available to sc vets

Mrs. Smith

October 29, 2008, 12:55pm (report abuse)

Why wouldn't you be for this bill? These men and women are putting their lives on the line for us and are requesting something as simple as base privileges!


November 5, 2008, 12:49am (report abuse)

i have 70 percent, live in a different country and work at the exchange , and still recieve no benefits of shopping from aafes nor the commissary. i did 8 yrs, two tour to iraq ...i deserve those priveleges, i watch foreigners shop there all day long in europe , just cause they are in some uniform and it makes me sick ! approve this bill please because america needs to help out the people whom make everyone walk around on the street freely out . thanks


November 6, 2008, 1:36pm (report abuse)

According to the polls, 54% are against this legislation, yet over 90% of the responses favor the bill's passage. This tells me that either the opponents are cowards, or the voting is seriously flawed. I suspect that the one or two bitter people who have been vocal on this board are voting multiple times to throw off the poll.


November 11, 2008, 11:46am (report abuse)


Voting repeatedly from the same computer does not work, according to the site admin. Perhaps those who are voting no simply don't want to be attacked by the more rabid supporters here.


November 11, 2008, 11:49am (report abuse)

What's the matter no_lion, can't you understand that a number of folks don't agree with you? Why does it make them "bitter people" when they disagree?


November 14, 2008, 10:27am (report abuse)

No, I agree with no lion... It isn't hard to vote multiple times, but most of us don't have the time because we're trying to hold down jobs and deal with our disabilities.

For AT3

November 14, 2008, 10:31am (report abuse)

And you have proven that your multiple votes count? By voting multiple times, I suppose.


November 20, 2008, 3:47pm (report abuse)

Actually, No. I found out from the Site Administrator.

lcpl orozco

November 29, 2008, 12:02am (report abuse)

I think that the people who think that us the veterans who are not 100 percent fit should not use the stores on the base are people who proably have never served this country and people who dont realize that we have sacrifized many things in our lives and i to cannot perform many jobs because of my injuries i would love to see those people who say no to us do their job whith a dissability i served this country my country and i know i have earned my freedom and the benefits that come with that.


November 29, 2008, 5:59am (report abuse)

I served in Operation Noble Eagle,Operation Enduring Freedom,Operation Iraqi Freedom,Katrina relief,and Operation Jump Start assisting the border patrol. I was a medic and I was proud to serve my country whenever she called. While on the Jump Start mission I sustained severe and permanent back injuries that resulted in me being "medically retired" with a rating of 70 percent,which ain't much. I thank God my woman hasn't lost her job YET...but Commissary privileges would really help stretch our checks. Bill,you and any other veteran who would deny legitimate service connected injured veterans a way to make these disability checks stretch a little further can go straight to Hell. I had 10 years of military service and was heading to paramedic school in the civilian sector. VA Voc-Rehab is going to recommend my GI Bill benefits be used as an unemployment insurance for me because of the complications with my injuries. If I hadn't gotten hurt,I'd have done 20.

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