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National Military Family Month at Commissaries: We’re uniquely attuned to appreciate the stresses military families endure

FORT LEE, Va., 2015-10-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — National Military Family Month coincides with Thanksgiving, an ideal time when commissary patrons draw on their benefit to show their appreciation and concern for those in the “military family.”

“More than 60 percent of the Defense Commissary Agency’s workforce have a connection to the military either by serving themselves or through a family member, so we’re uniquely attuned to appreciate the stresses military families endure, and we’re proud to be able to provide the commissary benefit,” said Tracie Russ, DeCA’s director of sales.

Russ noted some key promotions and services that highlight the commissary’s support for military families:

  • Commissary gift cards are especially popular this time of year as individuals and organizations buy them to give as gifts to help military service members and their families. They’re easily purchased in denominations of $25 or $50 on the Gift Card page.
  • DeCA supports healthy families through its Healthy Living Section, which features timely information and news on family health, nutrition and wellness
  • Thanks to DeCA’s industry partners, commissaries worldwide feature in-store promotions throughout the month including shopping-spree giveaways, product giveaways and high-value coupons among other things. The Sales & Events section is a handy resource for customers planning their shopping trips.

“There’s a lot more we could list, but what’s more important is why we do it,” Russ said. “Commissaries exist to enhance the quality of life for our military service members and their families and we do that every month of the year. Having a National Military Family Month is a great way we all can pause to take time to recognize the selfless dedication of military families worldwide.”

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773

SOURCE: Defense Commissary Agency

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