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Military, veterans groups urge Congress not to allow radical, irreversible changes to critical benefits

from NMVA

The National Military and Veterans Alliance (NMVA), a nonpartisan policy and advocacy organization composed of military and veteran service organizations, also sent a letter to congressional leaders this week urging them to reject the DoD budget proposal to cut $322 million in commissary funding and legislative changes enabling these cuts. "NMVA believes the cuts are premature. Two recent reports, one from RAND and one from the Business Executives for National Security (BENS), call into question DoD's strategy related to the future of the commissaries and exchanges, particularly raising prices on food and household goods. It is our understanding that none of the DoD proposals have been appropriately evaluated and, if the cuts are implemented, the Defense Commissary Agency will have no choice but to begin diminishing both the savings and access to the benefit." more

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