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Military Commissaries To Close Mondays Due To Sequestration

Defense Commissary Agency

Military commissary in Virginia.

The effects of sequestration are about to hit home for many military families. The Defense Commissary Agency announced today most military commissaries will soon be closed on Mondays.

The civilian employees who work at the commissaries will receive furlough notices starting May 28, a consequence of sequestration cuts. Defense Commissary Agency CEO Joseph H. Jeu explained:

“We know that any disruption in commissary operations will impact our patrons. Also, we understand the tremendous burden this places on our employees, who, when furloughed, will lose 20 percent of their pay...

“We determined that Monday closures would present the least pain for our patrons, employees and industry partners."

The Monday closures take place between July 8 and September 30.

For the 148 commissaries that are already routinely closed on Mondays, they will be closed the "next normal day of operation," meaning Tuesday.

To find out about the schedule of your military commissary, click here.

Comments

Avatar for user 'Right2Safety'

Right2Safety | May 24, 2013 at 11:47 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Are military commissaries not self-supporting? The closures would only make sense if the commissaries lose money -- that is, sales do not cover operating costs.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 24, 2013 at 12:34 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Right2Safety,

No, commissaries are not self supported. They are subsidized by taxpayer dollars, about $1.5 billion.

That is the only way their products can undercut civilian stores. It is a redistribution of wealth and quite unfair to American taxpayers and businesses.

Losing the ability to shop with someone else's money 1 day out of 7 is nothing. Perhaps they can patronize a civilian store and rightfully pay their fair share of taxes to California.

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Avatar for user 'CAPTB'

CAPTB | May 24, 2013 at 1:05 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Dear CaliforniaDefender,
Thank you for your support of the men and women who sacrifice themselves so you can "defend" California...

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CaliforniaDefender | May 24, 2013 at 4 p.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Captb,

You're welcome, but do I detect a bit of insincerity?

As this is a debate forum, perhaps you would like to provide your opinion why a small reduction in the $1.5 billion subsidy for on-base consumer goods is unnecessary when the US government is $16.8 trillion in debt?

I'm interested to see if anyone can.

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Avatar for user 'bailarin'

bailarin | May 25, 2013 at 6:51 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

CaliforniaDefender

You wrote "It is a redistribution of wealth and quite unfair to American taxpayers and businesses."

I am a Veteran and see PNTR China as TREASON.

PNTR China is the largest transfer of wealth program the U.S. Congress and the White House enacted in 2000. What used to go to government coffers and American workers/middle-class went to the pockets of CEOs in the form of billions in bonuses, members of the U.S. Congress and residents of the White House in the form of campaign contribution (Bribe in layman's term) and to China who is now growing its military and space program (We now can't afford).

PNTR China allowed Corporate America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to transfer America's advantage in Science and Technology, research and manufacturing know-how and to boot the training of Chinese engineers and technicians. All these with dual applications; commercial and military.

PNTR China resulted in millions of American workers loosing their jobs, decrease in import tax revenue and drastic reduction in the individual and business tax base for income tax revenue and Social Security and Medicare funding. Since the onset of NAFTA in 1994 and PNTR China in 2000 the cumulative negative balance of trade amounts to 7.9 trillion dollars. Trillions in budget deficit at the Federal, State and Local levels and one of the negative results; cuts in educational funding.

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Avatar for user 'CaliforniaDefender'

CaliforniaDefender | May 25, 2013 at 11:31 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

Bailarin,

I completely agree with you. We should all be diligent about not purchasing goods made in China and avoiding places such as Walmart.

But what does this have to do with US military commissaries other than the fact they carry a lot of Chinese goods?

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Avatar for user 'bailarin'

bailarin | May 26, 2013 at 9:44 a.m. ― 1 year, 3 months ago

CaliforniaDefender,

"Military Commissaries To Close Mondays Due To Sequestration", one of the negative effects of PNTR China due to trillions in budget deficit. You are right they carry Chinese goods which equates to U.S. service members funding the enemy just like the rest of us.

PNTR China is TREASON and need to be repealed. MFN China, the predecessor of PNTR China, was suspended due to transfer of sensitive military technology. With that concern the U.S. Congress made MFN China permanent (PNTR China) in 2000 at the insistence of Corporate America, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Ivy League economists.

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