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Coalition urges Senate Appropriations Committee support for Senator Mikulski amendment restoring full commissary funding

from Save Our Benefit

The Save Our Benefit coalition and nearly 40 organizations — representing tens of millions of active duty, Guard and Reserve, retirees, military families, Veterans and survivors — strongly supports and urges your support of Senator Mikulski's amendment to the FY2016 Defense Appropriations Bill. Sen. Mikulski's amendment restores $322 million in commissary funding. The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the Defense Bill, S. 1376, sets in motion price increases and reduced operating hours and would severely damage a benefit relied upon by millions of military service members and their families, and would impact those who need it most–junior enlisted families, fixed income retirees and surviving families. Military families rely on this benefit to stretch their household budgets and provide healthy food for the well being of their families. These cuts also occur without the benefit of a report requested by the Committee in the FY15 National Defense Authorization Act that has yet to be provided to Congress. more

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