NORFOLK--Military commissaries apparently won't have to raise prices or close their doors one day per week or more, thanks to action this week in Washington. The Senate Appropriations Committee restored $200 million for commissary operations.
"We should reject the president's proposal to cut the commissaries, at least until we get a full review of all retirement for our military, and no one-off hi he commissaries, which I know are very important not only for our active duty military but for a lot of our veterans as well," said Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia).
Outside Naval Station Norfolk's commissary Friday, customers said they are relieved.
"It's just my husband and I," said Navy wife Briana Faherty. "We are expecting, but the ones that do have multiple children to feed, things like that, I think it's a great thing to get all the things t hey need at a really great price, and no taxes."
Navy retiree Thomas Jones was pleased that lawmakers protected commissary patrons. "I'm grateful that they did one thing that they could take care of and do the right thing," he said.
This may not be the final word on the subject though. A special federal commission is expected to deliver a final report on military benefits next February.