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Veterans Benefits Administration

Washington, D.C. 20420

December 14, 2006

Directors (00/21)

All Regional Offices and Centers

In Reply Refer To: 216B

Fast Letter 06-27

SUBJ: Commissary and Exchange Privilege Letters

The purpose of this letter is to advise regional offices that there has been no change in Department of Defense (DoD) or VA policy regarding commissary and exchange privileges for veterans rated 100% for individual unemployability (IU).

On May 10, 2000, Fast Letter 00-37 transmitted a ruling by DoD's General Counsel that clarified the issue of commissary privileges for veterans rated 100% disabled due to IU. The ruling was the result of an apparent conflict between M27-1, Part I, Para. 3.08b(2), and a Department of Defense July 11, 1998, order that prohibited commissary and exchange privileges to those veterans.

DoD instructed its facilities that "honorably discharged veterans determined by the VA to have a service-connected disability of no less than 60%, but rated 100% disabled based on individual unemployability are entitled to MWR, Commissary and Exchange privileges." This instruction is still in effect. M21-1, Part VII, Para 5.08b is still in effect except for the references to VLET, which PCGL letters have replaced.

In issuing letters for commissary and exchange privilege purposes, regional offices must use one of the three PCGL AB3 letters. They are: Future Exam Scheduled, No Future Exam Scheduled, and To Surviving Spouse. Do not use any other letters, and do not include any reference to an IU rating in the PCGL letters.


Bradley G. Mayes, Director

Compensation and Pension Service

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