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Title 32Subtitle AChapter ISubchapter M → Part 225


Title 32: National Defense


PART 225—COMMISSARY CREDIT AND DEBIT CARD USER FEE


Contents
§225.1   Purpose.
§225.2   Applicability.
§225.3   Definitions.
§225.4   Policy.
§225.5   Responsibilities.
§225.6   Procedures.

Authority: 10 U.S.C. 1065

Source: 84 FR 71822, Dec. 30, 2019, unless otherwise noted.

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§225.1   Purpose.

This part establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides procedures for the implementation of patronage expansion pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 1065.

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§225.2   Applicability.

This part applies to veterans who are Purple Heart recipients, veterans who are former prisoners of war, veterans who have a Department of Veterans Affairs-documented service-connected disability rating between 0-90 percent, and individuals approved and designated as the caregiver or family caregiver of an eligible veteran under a formalized Department of Veterans Affairs caregiver program (as of January 1, 2020, authorized caregivers are the primary family caregiver of an eligible veteran under the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers).

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§225.3   Definitions.

Unless otherwise noted, these terms and their definitions are for the purpose of this part.

Caregiver. Defined in 38 U.S.C. 1720G(d)

Family Caregiver. Defined in 38 U.S.C. 1720G(d)

Former POW. Defined in 38 U.S.C. 101

Service-connected. Defined in 38 U.S.C. 101

Veteran. Defined in 38 U.S.C. 101

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§225.4   Policy.

In accordance with 10 U.S.C. 1065, the following new patron groups are authorized access to DoD commissary, exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation (MWR) revenue generating activities on the same basis as a member of the Military Services entitled to retired or retainer pay, effective January 1, 2020:

(a) Veterans who were awarded the Purple Heart.

(b) Veterans who are former prisoners of war (POWs).

(c) Veterans classified by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having a service-connected disability rating below 100 percent.

(d) Caregivers or family caregivers for veterans under the VA caregiver program. These caregivers are only eligible for these privileges during their period of active enrollment as the caregiver or family caregiver for a veteran.

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§225.5   Responsibilities.

DIRECTOR, DeCA. Under the authority, direction, and control of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness through the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, the Director, DeCA:

(a) Establishes processes and updates systems necessary to collect and deposit with U.S. Treasury, user fees related to commercial debit/credit card use in commissaries in accordance with section 225.6 of this part.

(b) Implements commissary credit/debit card user fee requirements.

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§225.6   Procedures.

(a) Commissary Credit/Debit Card User Fee. (1) Only patrons of groups newly authorized privileges by this part must pay a user fee when using a credit or debit card to pay for commissary purchases to offset additional costs charged to the U.S. Treasury associated with credit or debit card use.

(2) The user fee will be set as a transaction-based flat rate, calculated within a range of the average annual rates of credit and debit card transaction costs incurred by the Department of Treasury on behalf of DeCA and in compliance with applicable card network rules. One rate will be set for credit and signature debit card transactions, which are processed as credit cards. Another rate will be set for personal identification number debit card transactions. These rates will be reviewed annually and adjustments may be made as necessary to meet the requirements of 10 U.S.C. 1065.

(3) Purchases made with electronic benefit transfer cards (e.g., Women, Infants, and Children or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and the MILITARY STAR card are not subject to this credit/debit card user fee.

(4) No user fee reimbursement will be made on customer return of merchandise.

(5) All credit/debit card user fee amounts collected in commissary stores will be deposited in the General Fund of the Treasury.

(b) [Reserved]

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