Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA)
The Defense Commissary Agency is an DOD appropriated organization that operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their Families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a valuable military benefit, saving authorized patrons approximately 25%, which equates to thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to similar products at commercial retailers. The discounted prices include a 5% surcharge (congressionally mandated), which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military Family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to Family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America's military and their Families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country. Authorized shoppers are required to possess and show a Uniformed Services' Identification Card (ID).
The return home from combat can often leave servicemembers feeling out of place with the most important people in their lives - their families.
"In deployment, Soldiers grow accustomed to a new lifestyle and a new 'family' - those buddies that bond together to defend each other," said Maj. Ken Williams, 14th Military Police Brigade chaplain. "This lifestyle change is prolonged and becomes familiar, i.e., the new normal."
The families also change while the Soldier is deployed.
"The family is a system," Williams said. "When one family member is absent, the whole system changes. All members of the family adapt to a new 'normal' way of life."
When the servicemember returns, the family may feel uncomfortable with each other, and the servicemember may withdraw from the family.