On Jan. 1, 2020, commissary, exchange and morale, welfare and recreation activities on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River extended access to veterans awarded the Purple Heart, former prisoners of war, veterans with service-connected disabilities and caregivers enrolled in the VA Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. Veterans who are Medal of Honor recipients and veterans who have 100% service-connected disability rating and their family members are eligible under a previously-established DoD policy.
The expanded access was outlined in the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018 and included in the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019 that applies to all U.S. military installations.
“We are proud to support these qualifying veterans by opening our installations to them. Whether you left the military four days ago or 40 years ago, we are honored to welcome you back,” said Maj. Gen. Julian D. Alford, commanding general, Marine Corps Installations East – Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.
Upon first visit, all veterans and caregivers will need to stop by the MCB Camp Lejeune Visitor’s Center on Holcomb Blvd or the MCAS New River Visitor’s Center on Curtis Drive. To access the installation, veterans will need to provide their Veteran Health Identification Card and caregivers will need to provide their letter of eligibility from the VA Office of Community Care, plus another form of valid identification.
For complete details, please visit https://www.lejeune.marines.mil/ExpandedAccess/.
A comprehensive list of specific programs and activities that will be authorized under the expanded access program at MCB Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River can be found on the MCCS Lejeune-New River website at http://www.mccslejeune-newriver.com/veterans/.
Facilities, programs and functions not listed are not authorized for use under the Purple Heart and Disabled Veterans Equal Access Act of 2018. Examples of these activities (and therefore not authorized) include indoor pools, fitness centers, recreation centers, community counseling, education programs and more.
For more information on this new program, go to www.militaryonesource.mil/expanding-access, or to determine eligibility, visit a local VA medical facility; call 1-877-222-VETS (8387) or apply online at https://www.VA.gov.