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Holiday deadlines announced for mailing virtual commissary products

FORT LEE, Va. (Defense Commissary Agency Public Affairs Office) — The Defense Commissary Agency’s (DeCA) Virtual Commissary currently has 53 items available for purchase including seasonal holiday packages.

Cutoff dates for holiday ordering are as follows:

• Dec. 15 for orders to arrive by ground transportation.
     • Dec. 15 for orders to APO addresses.
     •  Dec. 22 for orders within the United States to arrive by two-day air.
     • Dec. 23 for orders within the United States to arrive by next-day air.

Most items can be shipped to any address in the continental United States, including APO addresses. Gifts containing cheese items have restrictions noted on the Web site.

Scholarship applications now being accepted

The Commissary Scholarships for Military Children Program is accepting applications.

The program is open to children of active-duty, Reserve, Guard or retired personnel.

Applications are available at the Web site http://www.militaryscholar.org or at a link from http://www.commissaries.com.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, call (608) 388-3542.

To access the extended commissary, shoppers must pass through a secure portal found under the shopping link at http://www.commissaries.com. Personal information entered by the customer is validated against data to ensure they are an authorized shopper. Access is dependent on whether the customer is entered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System, known as DEERS.

Authorized customers, which include command-sponsored DoD civilians assigned overseas, can make selections and fill in their payment and shipping information in one easy and secure step, before being transferred to the manufacturer’s site where they can get total cost for the product (including shipping) and finalize their purchase.

Shipping and handling charges are paid by the customer, just as at most other Internet shopping sites, and charges will vary depending on the item size or weight, method of shipping, location and speed of delivery.

Customers can check for availability of delivery to APO and FPO addresses as well as get more information on what’s in the gift baskets by clicking on the image of the gift basket at Virtual Commissary.

Payment for orders can be made with any credit card accepted in actual commissaries. Customer information is not archived by DeCA.

Authorized personnel also can shop for commissary products at Commissaries, including the Fort McCoy Commissary, building 1537.

For more information, call the Commissary at (608) 388-3542.


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