Online exchange benefit for veterans tested

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By Tom Philpott

The last time Forrest Cornelius, 51, shopped in a base exchange was 1989 when he completed his six-year stint in the Marine Corps. He recalls saving 10 to 15 percent on department store goods and that shoppers paid no sales tax.

Last month, Cornelius began to enjoy those advantages again as one of 12,000 or so “beta test” participants for veterans’ online exchange shopping, which is to open Nov. 11 for millions of honorably discharged veterans on Veterans Day.

All veterans are being encouraged to take the same first step that Cornelius did by confirming veteran eligibility status at: https://www.vetverify.org. It might be a multistep process if the Defense Manpower Data Center lacks information to verify that a veteran served and received an honorable discharge.

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