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Exchange Makes Durable Medical Equipment Easier to Find for Military Communities

Military shoppers can turn to the Army & Air Force Exchange Service for durable medical equipment—braces, fitness bands, crutches and other devices that sometimes aren’t covered by health insurance plans.

To meet growing demand, the Exchange is increasing its online assortment of durable medical equipment at ShopMyExchange.com. More than 200 items are available online, including a wide selection of braces and safety and mobility aids. By the end of 2018, the Exchange plans to grow its online offerings by 25 percent, and items in the assortment should more than triple in 2019.

Online availability is vital for shoppers who do not live near brick-and-mortar stores that sell the medical equipment. The wide online assortment also benefits honorably discharged Veterans, who were welcomed home to lifelong tax-free shopping and military-exclusive pricing at ShopMyExchange.com last Veterans Day.

“The durable medical equipment shops are part of the Exchange’s commitment to keeping military communities healthy,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Luis Reyes, the Exchange’s senior enlisted advisor. “Whether helping with rehab, fitness or mobility, these products are helping make our communities physically stronger.”

Besides increasing online offerings, the Department of Defense’s largest retailer is expanding durable medical equipment shops in its shopping centers. The Exchange operates shops at Forts Belvoir, Bliss, and Hood; Joint Base Lewis-McChord; and Nellis Air Force Base. That number is expected to nearly triple to 14 by mid-2019. Additionally, approximately 60 Exchange retail stores worldwide carry an assortment of durable medical equipment.

Nine durable medical equipment shops are scheduled to open at Forts Campbell, Stewart, Bragg and Carson; Joint Base Andrews; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; and Luke, Dover and Davis-Monthan Air Force Bases.

The shops, which also carry medical footwear, therapy aids, wheelchairs, canes and walkers, are relatively new to the Exchange, but have been popular with the military retailer’s shoppers of all ages.

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