Commissaries in Shutdown: Stateside Closed, Overseas Open

The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) has announced their plans in the event of a government shutdown.

Stores located in the United States, including Hawaii and Alaska, would be open on 1 October 2013 to sell off perishable items.  Then, these stores would be closed.

Stores located overseas would remain open on a regular operating schedule.  This includes 38 stores in Europe, 29 stores in the Pacific Region, and one store in Puerto Rico.

While this is certainly not good news, it is nice to have a definitive answer in advance.  This will allow people to shop before the shutdown (as long as the shelves still have supplies) and prepare alternate plans.  Some people may not find that their lives are impacted much, but families in expensive areas will certainly need to make some adjustments.

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Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.
  • Steve

    The government expands their benefits and way of life, while the soldiers who protect it get less and less. these politicians are not patriots. They are opportunists and parasites. The ones that are paying the highest price are getting the least. I remember a time and maybe still one of my soldiers was living on food stamps. If you want to praise our heroes then do the right thing and pay our heroes.

  • Jim

    There are those of us who depend on retirement/VA disability payments, and use the commissary to make ends meet. For so many decades our government has played games-republicans vs. democrats. Maybe its time they take care of the people they are suppose represent. If that is just to hard of a concept for them to fathom, there is a solution. When its time to go to the polls to vote, just remember these times we are facing. VOTE THEM OUT! We keep falling for the “carrot on the stick”. Instead of us being led, why don’t we show them the door.

  • L G

    Do the jerks in the White House and Congress get paid while the rest of the people serving or who have served our country not get paid! This is so disgraceful, vote them out!


    These are the things that happen when you elect Tea Baggers who have never served their country in the military. All the (TB’s) I have met talk about how the GOV. is trying to take every thing from them. They are clueless BOOBs who are filling their basements with beans and toilet paper and who 47% of think the zombies are coming soon along with the end of the world. The end of the world is coming and the TEA BAGGERS are the ZOMBIES.