On-BaseShopping Eligibility Expands Jan. 1: Beginningin the new year more than 3 million service-connected disabled veterans with VAratings from zero to 90 percent will be authorized on-base exchange andcommissary shopping privileges, as well as access to certain MWR facilities,but you must have a VA-issued Veteran Health Identification Card, or VHIC, togain access. The VHIC is issued only to veterans who are enrolled in the VAhealth care system. You can apply online, or in person at your local VA medical facility. Family members of thenewly eligible veterans will not be authorized to shop, but will be permittedon-base as guests of the VHIC-carrying veteran. Veterans who do not reside neara military installation can still shop online at the four military exchanges.Search for stores at ShopMyExchange,Marine CorpsExchange, Navy Exchange, and Coast Guard Exchange. Caregivers will be processed differently, initially, since they have nomilitary or VA affiliation. The VA will post a memo to VA.gov forcaregivers to be used for access at the front gate, along with a driver’slicense. This process is expected to transition to a caregiver-type ID card,which will have scanning swipe capability. One hundred percent disabledveterans, their spouses, and eligible dependents already have access becausethey are issued military identification cards.