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Commissaries to Give Patrons Reusable Shopping Bags

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2016 — Starting Friday, customers of Defense Department commissaries will receive a free reusable shopping bag courtesy of Military OneSource, according to a Military Community and Family Policy news release.

This free distribution is part of an ongoing campaign between the Defense Commissary Agency and the office of Military Community and Family Policy to raise awareness of the resources available 24/7/365 through the call center at 1-800-342-9647 and online.

"In the same way that this reusable bag assists in your commissary or other daily shopping, Military OneSource is there to assist you with confidential help and useful resources. I am confident everyone knows about Military OneSource, but do they really know about Military OneSource? Call us today or visit the web site to get to know us better," said Ed Brown, Military OneSource program director.

The Military OneSource program is a DoD-funded program that provides free confidential help, tools and information on every aspect of military life. Military OneSource’s call center and website support are available 24/7/365 to active, National Guard and reserve service members regardless of activation status, their immediate family and survivors worldwide.

"Military OneSource is a valued resource for our military community," said Tracie Russ, DeCA's director of sales. "Increasing the awareness of this resource through the distribution of bags will serve to remind seasoned military members that support is just a phone call away and perhaps, introduce the support program to new military members."

Brown and Russ said these bags are one more way to raise awareness and reach out to the military community so that service members and their families have access to critical resources when and where they need them.

The bags will be available until supplies are exhausted.