Lipinski Amendment to Aid Purple Heart and Other Extraordinary Veterans Passes House (May 25, 2018)

Congressman Dan Lipinski’s (IL-3) legislation to honor Purple Heart recipients and other American heroes by giving them access to Department of Defense commissaries and recreation facilities has been approved by the House of Representatives.  It was included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019.  Lipinski’s amendment ensures access to commissaries and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) facilities for Purple Heart recipients, all veterans with a service-connected disability, Medal of Honor recipients, former prisoners of war, and veteran caregivers.

“We should all agree that these heroes of our armed forces have done more than enough to earn this access, said Rep. Lipinski on the House floor during debate on his amendment.  “It is our duty as a nation to not only say that we appreciate their service, but also to enact policies such as this demonstrating our gratitude.  A 2017 Defense Department report shows that expanding access will not only make lives easier for these veterans, but will also strengthen the commissary and exchange system.”

Lipinski’s amendment was endorsed by the VFW, American Legion, Military Order of the Purple Heart, Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, and AMVETS.

Commissaries are grocery/department stores on military installations that sell food and some household items.  MWR facilities offer a range of services on bases including libraries, outdoor recreation, dining, golf courses, and sports and fitness centers.