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Savings, giveaways highlight Month of Military Child
Posted on April 21, 2017

FORT LEE, Va. (Mar. 27, 2017) – Commissaries are observing April, the Month of the Military Child, with giveaways and savings for the entire family.

"At the Defense Commissary Agency, we do all we can to provide our military children and their families with significant savings on groceries and household items," said Tracie Russ, DeCA's sales director. "With events such as ProCamps and our '5-2-1-0' nutritional message, we recognize the unique challenges our youth experience because of the demands of military life."

DeCA's industry partners – vendors, suppliers and brokers – are collaborating with commissaries in April to offer discounts beyond everyday savings. Overseas stores may have substitute events for certain promotional programs. Also, shoppers can find even more deals on this website, along with the commissary sales flyer, which features discounted items and healthy recipe ideas.

Patrons can also access this website for the following features: 1) the Commissary Rewards Card, which allows patrons to redeem coupons electronically at the commissary checkout. Patrons can pick up a card at their local commissary and register it, where they can log into their account to load coupons on the card before they shop; and 2) DeCA's new Nutrition Guide Program, where patrons can learn more about the color-coded shelf labels that point out items with key nutrient attributes such as low sodium, whole grain, no sugar added, low fat, good source of fiber and organic.

Customers are asked to check their local commissary for details on dates and times for the following promotions:

  • Commissaries worldwide will use the Month of the Military Child to educate shoppers to encourage their children about healthier lifestyles. The "5-2-1-0" message remains the call to action: Eat five fruits and vegetables every day; limit recreational screen time to two hours or less daily; get one hour or more of physical activity every day and avoid all drinks with sugar. Your local commissary may have commissary tours highlighting the nutritional value of fresh fruits and vegetables along with recipes, food sampling and giveaways. Check with your local commissary to find out when your child's event takes place.
  • Many camps, 30-day dash, three ways to win! Through April 15, almost 100 commissaries worldwide will have a chance to win a football ProCamps for their installation. Winning stateside installations will host a free, two-day football camp for military children, both boys and girls, in first through eighth grade. At these camps, participants will learn from and play with some of their favorite NFL players like Alejandro Villanueva (Pittsburgh Steelers), Andre Roberts (Atlanta Falcons), Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers), Steve Smith, Sr. (formerly of the Baltimore Ravens), Graham Gano (Carolina Panthers), LeGarrette Blount (New England Patriots), among many others. Installation consideration to qualify for a camp is based on their commissary sales of select items such as Tide, Pampers, Bounty, Charmin, Head & Shoulders, Pantene, Crest and Gillette. Customers can vote for their installation at Start Strong, Stay Strong or text their base name to 1-855-980-1999. Standard messaging and data rates apply. Not all carriers support this service.
  • Kraft Heinz Company is offering shoppers a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to the NHL Award Ceremony in June 2017 held in Las Vegas, Nevada. In-store displays will announce the NHL "online" sweepstakes as well as offer great recipes. There will also be coupons available for $5 off 5 items on brands such as Oscar Mayer, Kraft, Velveeta and Planters from April 1-23 at all stores.
  • Keebler's Annual Hollow Tree promotion features savings on discounted Keebler products April 10-23 at all stores. Customers can get a coupon for free milk with the purchase of four packages of Keebler cookies or Keebler Rite Bite packages. Free cookies and milk samples will be offered at most stores. Look for Ernie and the Keebler elves on Keebler snacks displays.
  • Kashi Plus Fresh Pears! Kashi is offering coupon flyers worldwide so can buy two Kashi products and save $2 on fresh pears. Also, recipes will be available and in-store demos will highlight the nutritional value of Kashi and pears.
  • Overseas Service Corporation and their partners present the "Fisher House Theme Event," a stateside-only sale to raise awareness and money for The Fisher House Organization. The Fisher House is a "home away from home" for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and Veterans Affairs medical centers. Look for special prices and coupons supported by a coupon flyer and mass displays in all stateside stores from participating manufacturers.
  • The Clorox Company and Bush's Best are teaming up with Kimberly Clark to host the 10th annual "Race for Savings" NASCAR-themed in-store sales event from April 10-23 stateside only. Patrons at participating stores can enter to win a NASCAR Memorial Day Race Package in Charlotte, North Carolina. Two grand prize race packages will be given away nationally. Each prize package includes airfare for two, hotel, race tickets for the Nextel Cup race as well as a $300 VISA cash card for meals and incidentals. Check out special NASCAR/JTG Daugherty Racing displays in the commissaries for details on how to enter.

"As we honor our military children, don't miss out on these opportunities to save even more," Russ said. "For everyone in the family, the commissary is always worth the trip."

To see a video about ProCamps, visit this YouTube page. To see photos related to ProCamps, visit our Flickr page.

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Notification: Inbound Mail Address Change
Posted on April 20, 2017

Attention all retirees and annuitants. The Defense Finance and Accounting Service’s address are changing effective May 1, 2017. The old addresses are being discontinued and will be replaced by addresses in Indianapolis. The new addresses are:

Defense Finance and Accounting Service

U.S. Military Retired Pay

8899 E 56th Street

Indianapolis IN 46249-1200


Defense Finance and Accounting Service

U.S. Military Annuitant Pay

8899 E 56th Street

Indianapolis IN 46249-1300


Supporting our women Veterans
Posted on April 19, 2017

Life after the military can be difficult for all those who have served, but for the 1.8 million female Veterans in America, there are unique (and often unrecognized) challenges to consider. This is one of the many reasons why VA works tirelessly to improve the state of women Veterans.

Eligibility for the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program includes “gray area” retirees
Posted on April 18, 2017

The TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) is available to all military retirees (including “gray area” retirees under age 60) and their eligible family members, unremarried surviving spouses and their eligible children, as well as Medal of Honor recipients and their eligible immediate family members. The program covers cleanings, exams, fillings, root canals, gum surgery, oral surgery and dental accidents on the first day that coverage becomes effective; after 12 months of being in the program, it then covers crowns, bridges, partials, braces and dental implants.

Use AskDFAS to Update Your Mailing Address
Posted on April 14, 2017

Don't have access to myPay and need to change your mailing address? Use AskDFAS! There is a new, easy way using AskDFAS to help you update your information. This will help you receive your tax documents and other important account information in a timely manner.

Don't wait until it is too late to find out that your 1099R was mailed to a wrong address. This could result in you having to go through the 1099R reissue process.

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