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Veteran's Online Shopping Benefit

Beginning this Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2017, is proud to expand our online shopping privileges to all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Military. This highly anticipated change in DoD policy grants online exchange shopping privileges to an estimated eighteen million additional individuals.

According to DoD officials, "The online benefit will also strengthen the exchanges’ online business to better serve our current patrons. Inclusion of honorably discharged veterans would conservatively double the exchanges’ online presence, thereby improving the experience for all patrons through improved vendor terms, more competitive merchandise assortments, and improved efficiencies."

We are excited about extending this new privilege to all honorably discharged veterans and invite you to visit to establish your authentication for this important benefit. In addition, we encourage you to keep visiting our site and connect with us through our Navy Exchange Facebook page for additional details and announcements as they become available.

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** Shopping privileges exclude the purchase of uniforms, alcohol and tobacco products.


Q. What is the VOSB?

A. VOSB is the Veteran’s Online Shopping Benefit. Beginning this Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11, 2017, honorably discharged U.S. service members will have the ability to shop online via military exchange websites – including

Q. Why has the online shopping benefit been extended to include Veterans?

A. Currently 92% of all Veterans, the vast majority of whom served honorably, receive no military exchange shopping privilege. This proportion is even higher for recently discharged Veterans, many of whom served multiple tours and were discharged prior to meeting the 20-year criteria for retiree status. Allowing online shopping is a way to recognize those who served honorably, and allows Veterans to make a tangible contribution to the quality of life of those who remain on active duty.

Q. Where do I check my eligibility?

A. A special website,, has been set up for Veterans of all military branches to check their eligibility. The site accesses DoD records and informs Veterans of all branches of service whether they have the proper discharge status to qualify. Your records must be complete. Ready to find out your status? Simply go to and follow the instructions.

For questions regarding your verification, please reference the FAQ section on

Q. I’m Verified! Now how do I sign-up?

Registering online will not begin until the program launches on November 11, 2017, but please stay tuned to our official VOSB page as well as our Facebook page for all updates. Once your benefit begins on November 11, you will need to register on See below for details!

In order to create an account… You will need to know your DOD ID#. If you do not have one, you will be prompted to go to a different screen where you can enter in the last 4 digits of your social security number and your date of birth. You can then continue to complete your account. If your eligibility occurred prior to digital record keeping, please reach out to the team. They can provide information on submitting your DD-214. Once your eligibility has been confirmed, they will add you to the eligible Veterans database and you will then be eligible to shop at

A word about establishing your password... While having one easy password that you can use across multiple sites seems appealing, it is not the most secure way to protect your online accounts. Your password for must contain the following: 8-15 characters in length; Must be different from your user name; Must contain no spaces; Must have at least 1 number in it (0-9); Must have at least 1 special character (examples: @, ?, [)

Will I be able to shop at all military exchange websites?

Yes, the shopping benefit will be available exclusively online via all military exchange websites. The benefit does not extend to in-store purchases/pick-ups or grant access to your local military installation or facility.


> Can my dependents shop online?

A: The VOSB is valid only for the honorably discharged service-member. It’s not transferable and cannot be shared. However, you are more than welcome to ship your online purchases to multiple locations. offers a wide variety of products that are perfect for gift-giving and ordering online provides the opportunity to ship your gift directly to that special person.

Orders can be shipped to valid addresses within the United States, excluding NEX store locations. Overseas delivery is only available to Hawaii, Alaska and U.S. territories with valid U.S. zip codes.

> If I sign up through one exchange, can I shop at others?

A: Yes, your verification through is an approval to shop at all military exchange websites. However, you will need to register on each military exchanges website separately in order to shop or receive emails.

> Do I get the same deals as other Navy Exchange shoppers?

A: Yes, you will have access to the same products and discounts on as all other online shoppers. We do our best to provide the widest assortment of products possible on our website. Any weekly sales or discounts on our products are the same in-store as they are online.

> Why won’t Veterans have shopping privileges in NEX stores?

A: Many NEX stores are physically located on limited-access installations. Access to these stores would involve logistical issues including credentials, base access and other considerations.

> I am having trouble understanding whether I’m verified. What if my information in DEERS is incomplete or inaccurate?

A: No problem at all. The experts at will provide guidance on how to proceed to complete and/or correct your information.

> Can I go online now to see the online product assortment and pricing?

A: We absolutely welcome you to visit to check out our assortment. Because NEX shopping privileges are exclusive, you will not be able to see any of the pricing until you have a registered account.

> Will Veterans be able to shop online with a Military Star Card?

A: Yes, the Military Star credit card will be available to Veterans. For previous or current customers with a card who are out-processing from the military, final account details for the transition are being developed. Additional details will be provided via this forum as they become available. For those who did not have a card while in service, you will be eligible to apply at effective this Veteran’s Day – November 11, 2017.

> Once I can shop online, is there a limit to how much I can order?

A: In order to ensure items are available to all eligible patrons, NEXCOM may have to occasionally reserve the right to limit quantities. Additionally, as with all NEX patrons, any items purchased must be for the sole use of the authorized customer or as a bona fide gift. Merchandise purchased by authorized patrons cannot be resold or exchanged in barter and cannot be made for another individual for which you receive reimbursement.

> How do I return or exchange a product?

A: Returns and exchanges for products purchased from by VOSB eligible patrons can only be processed through our warehouse. Returns are accepted up to 45 days from date of original order.

Returning a product is EASY… Simply fill out the short form on the reverse side of the packing list that arrived with your order. Itemize what you are returning and the reason. Indicate whether you want to exchange the item for a different size or color or simply want to be credited back to the original form of payment. Place the return label on the outside of the package, enclose the completed short form with the item(s), seal the box and either bring to your local post office or hand to your postal carrier. Once we receive your return, we'll do the rest! Please allow 2-3 weeks for your return to be processed.

> What if I have additional questions?

A: Your NEX Customer Care Center is available to answer questions 24 hours a day, 364 days a year (our offices are closed Christmas Day only). Please contact us at (888) 343-8672 or