Commissary gift cards extend holiday cheer

| December 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Kevin L. Robinson
Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs

DECA

DECA

FORT LEE, Va. — During the holiday season, a commissary gift card can be an easy option for anyone to extend the gift of groceries to service members and their families, said Joseph Jeu, director, Defense Commissary Agency.

“Whether it’s mom and dad wanting to help out with a holiday dinner for their son or daughter stationed overseas or a military unit assisting a junior enlisted family struggling financially, the commissary gift card is a quick way to extend the benefit during the holidays,” Jeu said. “You don’t have to be an authorized shopper to give this gift.”

Unveiled this summer, the commissary gift card comes in denominations of $25 and $50. Anyone can purchase a card through DeCA’s website, www.commissaries.com, or in person at a commissary. However, only authorized commissary customers can use them. Online orders incur a handling fee, but these fees are not assessed to in-store orders.

The gift cards can be used for in-store purchases, as long as they have a balance; they cannot be redeemed for cash, and no monetary change for unused portions of the card is provided.

The Commissary gift card replaced the DeCA gift voucher. Customers who have unused gift vouchers will be able to redeem them through Aug. 31, 2016. New cards expire five years from the date of purchase.

“These cards are perfect for folks who want to give them as gifts to their military family and friends or for charitable organizations and our industry partners to use as donations,” said Command Sgt. Maj. John Gaines Jr., senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director. “As a Soldier, I can testify that the commissary benefit is worth the trip in allowing us to stretch our paychecks. Receiving these gift cards makes the holidays even more festive.”

Commissary gift cards can be shipped anywhere in the U.S. Outside the U.S, gift cards can be shipped to APO, FPO or DPO addresses.

For customer service questions, call 877-988-4438, which also allows the user to check the card’s balance.

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