Commissary Closure Moved to Mondays

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The Commissary will now be closed on Mondays instead of Wednesdays when the Furloughs kicks in. Originally DeCA had announced that they would close on Wednesdays but that has now changed to Mondays. The Commissary closure change is the result of an agreement between DeCA and the union which represents the federal employees at the Commissary. If the Commissary is already closed Mondays, which many are, it will instead remain closed on the next regularly scheduled open day. So if
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Commissary ~ May Case Lot Sales Cancelled

 

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I wanted to give everyone a heads up that because of the budget cuts/sequestration the May Case Lot Sales at all Commissaries are now cancelled. Previously they had cancelled all overseas Case Lot Sales but kept on the CONUS ones. But now all of them are cancelled. Some Commissaries may choose to hold a sidewalk sale instead but their size will be drastically reduced. They have not yet made a decision about the September Case Lot Sales. Also, all
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Military ~ Apply for Operation Purple Camp

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Military families – it’s that time of year to apply to Operation Purple Camp. If you are not familiar with Operation Purple Camp I will tell you its an amazing program. It a several day long camp for military kids that is completely free. It is designed as a fun get away to help kids deal with the stresses of deployment. Two of my children attended last year and it was phenomenal. The kids absolutely loved every minute of
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Commissary ~ May Case Lot Sales Overseas Cancelled

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Just a heads up for all of you who are overseas ~ The Case Lot sales that were due to run in May have been cancelled for all overseas locations. As of right now the ones within the U.S. ones are still on. This is happening in preparation of the sequestration that is due to take effect on March 1st. There is a chance that the U.S. Case Lot sales will be reduced in size to save money. Just a
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Military ~ Active Duty W-2s are Now Available

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Just a heads up to all our military families – DFAS has released the 2012 W-2′s for everyone except the Travel W-2s. They were not expected to released the Active Duty ones until tomorrow, so its nice to see them out early! So head on over to My Pay and get yours printed. Time to get those taxes completed! For many military families these means a nice refund will soon be headed there way. Remember, many companies offer free e-filing
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Send a Valentine’s Note to Your Troop Overseas

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Every year Stars and Stripes, a military newspaper, allows people to send messages on the major holidays to their loved ones oversea. If you have someone in your life that is currently overseas you can sign up right now to send them a Valentine’s Day message for free. Just head on over here and fill the information out.  Your love note will appear online and in the print edition of Stars and Stripes you choose, as long as it’s
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2013 BAH Rates Released

The BAH, or Basic Allowance for Housing, rates for 2013 have been released. The average Basic Allowance for Housing will rise 3.8 percent in 2013, giving troops living off base their largest average increase in four years. Yet rates will drop slightly in about one in five locations, a reflection of the continued slump in some local housing markets.

To find your BAH:

2013 BAH with dependents

2013 BAH without dependents

If you want to compare your 2012 rate:

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Scholarships For Military Children Program

Do you have a child heading of to college next fall? If so you’ll want to check out this scholarship opportunity offered by Commissaries worldwide. The applications for the 2013 Scholarships for Military Children Program will be available starting Dec. 3 at commissaries worldwide. You can also find them online through a link on this website and directly at http://www.militaryscholar.org.

To apply for a scholarship, a student must be a dependent, unmarried child of an active duty service member,
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Upcoming Promotions at the Commissary

With the holidays just around the corner the Commissary will be having several savings events and deals. Here is a look at some of the things that are due to come to the Commissary soon. Keep your eyes open for the coupon booklets mentioned!!

 

  • The Second Annual “Turkey Perfection” promotion. Starting Oct. 25 and ending Nov. 28, stateside customers, including Alaska and Hawaii, will receive a 32-page coupon booklet valued at more than $40. When customers purchase an item
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Heroes at Home ~ Were You Accepted?

The Heroes at Home holiday program by Sears will be sending out emails today letting you know if you were accepted into the program, so keep your eyes open for it. As you’ll recall, the Sears Heroes at Home Wish Registry was open to your fellow active-duty military members on August 30, 2012 in an effort to help make your family’s holiday season a little brighter this year. If you were accepted here is what you can expect:

Donations will
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