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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby Pawpaw » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:25 pm

G26ster wrote:
The Annoyed Man wrote: I suppose there are a lot of things about the military that wouldn't necessarily make sense to a civilian, but that do make sense in a military context. :mrgreen:


Remember TAM the military is the birthplace of:

"Close enough for government work."
"We've met the enemy, and they are us."
And others I'm not permitted by forum rules to quote.
:mrgreen:

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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby txglock21 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:36 pm

1911 10MM wrote:
RogueUSMC wrote:I went to the verify site in the article. I inserted said info and immediately got a message saying I could begin using the exchange in November...



Same Here.

+1 I figured they would need more info than requested like date of separation, grade, etc.. but nope, just a couple of things, easy.
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby JakeTheSnake » Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:53 pm

txglock21 wrote:
1911 10MM wrote:
RogueUSMC wrote:I went to the verify site in the article. I inserted said info and immediately got a message saying I could begin using the exchange in November...



Same Here.

+1 I figured they would need more info than requested like date of separation, grade, etc.. but nope, just a couple of things, easy.


Same here.
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby rotor » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:03 pm

Submitted yesterday, got this today
"Thank you for applying to participate in the Veterans online shopping benefit. Congratulations! You have been verified and can begin shopping on November 11, 2017. The exchanges will keep you updated with important developments. "


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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby o b juan » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:12 pm

I went on and got approved.

Have a 10% dis.

Could I then Shop @ a PX?
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby dale blanker » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:39 pm

o b juan wrote:I went on and got approved.

Have a 10% dis.

Could I then Shop @ a PX?

I believe that you may not shop at a base unless you are active, reserve, or retired. Also, the online service is good for almost anything but not alcohol, tobacco, or uniforms.

By the way, to those that are having trouble getting verified, it may be because of lost records due to a major fire back in the 70's. So if you separated or were discharged before then you're more likely to have a problem and need to submit the inquiry mentioned earlier.
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby bblhd672 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:52 pm

G26ster wrote:
The Annoyed Man wrote: I suppose there are a lot of things about the military that wouldn't necessarily make sense to a civilian, but that do make sense in a military context. :mrgreen:


Remember TAM the military is the birthplace of:

"Close enough for government work."
"We've met the enemy, and they are us."
And others I'm not permitted by forum rules to quote.
:mrgreen:


Don't forget "military intelligence." :biggrinjester:
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby TreyHouston » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:20 pm

So are the prices any good? Or just the same as everywhere else?
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby dale blanker » Tue Jun 06, 2017 4:51 pm

TreyHouston wrote:So are the prices any good? Or just the same as everywhere else?

I've seen mixed reviews about the pricing so one should compare other outlets but I understand that there is no sales tax. Also, there's speculation that after many vets join in, volume sales will help reduce prices.
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby 67N20 » Tue Jun 06, 2017 7:15 pm

Do you have to retired (meaning served 20 years) or Honorably Discharged? 3 years service in my case.


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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby mrvmax » Tue Jun 06, 2017 8:02 pm

1911 10MM wrote:
RogueUSMC wrote:I went to the verify site in the article. I inserted said info and immediately got a message saying I could begin using the exchange in November...



Same Here.

Ditto

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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby dale blanker » Wed Jun 07, 2017 12:04 am

67N20 wrote:Do you have to retired (meaning served 20 years) or Honorably Discharged? 3 years service in my case.

This is for ALL honorably discharged vets, adding to the active, reserve, and retirees who currently have access to online military exchanges.
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby RogueUSMC » Wed Jun 07, 2017 8:58 am

The Annoyed Man wrote:
G26ster wrote:
The Annoyed Man wrote:I'm just curious...... how does one end up with four DD214s?


:lol: One when I was discharged after being drafted (2 year commitment. 2 months later I re-enlisted- only had 90 days to do so to keep my stripes and so-called "bonus.") One when I graduated Officer Candidate school and was discharged as a Staff Sargent so I could be commissioned. One when I left active duty after 5 years commissioned service, and one after I was re-called to active duty and spent 3 years, and was discharged again. Easy! :lol:

Pawpaw wrote:At least when I was on active duty, a new DD-214 was issued every time you reenlisted. The only one of any real value is the last one.

OK...... THAT explains it! :thumbs2: Thanks.

Being ignorant of such things, I assumed that you'd get one if you left a service, and then perhaps another if you later reenlisted and then left again, but I didn't realize that you have to be discharged as an enlisted person before promotion to the officer corps. Isn't that kind of like having to be fired as a clerk, so you can become office manager? :lol: I suppose there are a lot of things about the military that wouldn't necessarily make sense to a civilian, but that do make sense in a military context. :mrgreen:

An 'enlistment' is for a predetermined length of time. You enlist...you do your term...you either reenlist of discharge.

A 'commission' is accepted for an undetermined period (usually with a minimum requirement of six years unless otherwise decided by acceptable factors.) Once you meet the minimum, a commissioned can be resigned unless under obligations of some sort.

As an example: My brother-in-law was an enlisted soldier who attained the rank of Staff Sargent then discharged to assume a commission as a Second Lieutenant. He is now a Major that has passed his six year minimum but has excepted a tour over in Germany that is a three year obligation that must be completed before he can resign his commission. If he makes the list for light bird, he will have to choose to resign his commission and retire or accept the promotion which comes with another obligation of a few more years (but it comes with a significant boost in pension.) Mitigating circumstances can play into all of the above...
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby stash » Wed Jun 07, 2017 9:15 am

Thanks Dale and others. Dale I will give DEERS a shot.

I also had trouble for the discount at Lowe's and had to take my DD-214 to gt hooked up with them

Maybe my problem is the fire inasmuch as I was discharged prior 1970.
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Re: Online Veteran Exchange looking for beta testers

Postby dale blanker » Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:05 pm

stash wrote:Thanks Dale and others. Dale I will give DEERS a shot.

I also had trouble for the discount at Lowe's and had to take my DD-214 to gt hooked up with them

Maybe my problem is the fire inasmuch as I was discharged prior 1970.

My separation was in '56 and discharge in '61 so I assume that is the problem. Texas DPS wisely does not bother with DEERS for the veteran discount on chl. Just sending a copy of the DD-214 is simpler and quicker than going through the appeal/update process required by DEERS for the online exchange.

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