Shutdown to idle US-based military commissaries

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - The commissaries in the U.S. where military families buy discounted groceries are poised to shut their doors due to the partial government shutdown.

The Defense Commissary Agency based at Fort Lee, Va.. says only overseas commissaries will remain open following the failure of Congress to pass a spending plan. The agency says domestic commissaries are staying open for business Tuesday, but only to reduce the amount of perishable goods on hand. Domestic stores will be closed Wednesday.

The Defense Commissary Agency is responsible for running the commissaries for all branches of the military. About 12 million military personnel, retirees and their families are eligible to shop at commissaries, where they typically save more than 30 percent compared with commercial grocery stores - saving on everything from cereal to dog food.

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