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Military Commissaries Reopen After Government Shutdown Forced Closure

Stateside military commissaries forced to shut their doors because of the government shutdown are once again open for business.

The Pay Our Military law allowed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to recall many Department of Defense employee furloughs, giving the commissaries the workers they needed to open back up.

According to the Defense Commissary Agency website:

Stateside commissaries that closed due to the government shutdown will resume normal operations effective Monday, Oct. 7. Stores normally closed on Mondays will reopen for business on their next scheduled operating day.

DCA spokesman Kevin Robinson told USA Today it would take a few days for the stateside commissaries to be fully stocked:

"There will be a short adjustment period as our stores settle back into their pre-shutdown operating and delivery routines."

As Home Post reported last week, overseas commissaries remained open despite the shutdown. Joseph H. Jeu, DeCA director and CEO, explained why:

“[B]ecause of their geographic location, our service members and their families overseas have a more critical dependence on commissaries, and we are prepared to continue that support.”

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