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Commissary-exchange consolidation idea is gaining steam

from Stars and Stripes

Consolidation of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) and three separate military exchange services into a single Defense Retail Activity (DeRA) is gaining support among policymakers inside the Department of Defense (DoD) and perhaps a key congressional subcommittee, a source reports ... Military stores face threats to their survival not seen before. DoD is urging Congress to slash $1 billion a year from DeCA's $1.4 billion budget. Advocates for military shoppers, and for manufacturers and suppliers doing business with base stores, have formed a "Coalition to Save Our Military Shopping Benefits." In an April 16 letter to the armed services committee, the coalition says DoD's plan "will destroy the commissary benefit" and "severely impact young families and fixed-income retirees." It also argues that obliterating the commissary benefit will eliminate tens of thousands of "much needed jobs for the military community." more

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