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Washington Update for 10/16/2019

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TRICARE - Open Season and Commissary and Exchange Opens to Certain Veterans

 

 

TREA members open season is nearly upon us. Enrollment will be open from Monday, November 11, 2019 until Monday, December 9, 2019. Please follow the link below for more details and instructions:
https://tricare.mil/openseason

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Commissary and Exchange Privileges to Expand in January 2020

TREA is pleased to announce that certain service-connected veterans may be eligible for Commissary and Exchange services beginning in January 2020.  The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) will soon provide specific instructions.

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) became Public
Law 115-232 when it was signed August 2018. AAFES will be implementing the provisions of the law and will be publishing specific information on how newly eligible persons may access their stores and exchanges in the near future. The effective date is January 1, 2020. AAFES is currently coordinating within DOD and with VA to provide an access card or device for these newly eligible persons.

The Act includes provisions to allow Purple Heart and Medal of Honor recipients, former prisoners of war and veterans with disabilities connected to their military service to shop at the discounted on-base store. It also extends that access to veteran caregivers. This will strengthen the commissary system in the long run, which is good for both active-duty personnel, veterans and retirees as it will increase the number of persons eligible to use commissaries.

In addition, the NDAA also expands access to Morale, Welfare and Recreation and Post Exchange privileges to these Purple Heart recipients, service-connected disabled veterans, former POWs, and their caregivers. Previously, this benefit was only offered to Medal of Honor recipients and 100-percent disabled veterans. 

Watch for additional information in the near future.

 

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