In order to restore “normalcy and meeting (military) family needs during uncertain times, “ Sam’s Club stores across the nation, including their three suburban Chicago locations (Cicero, Evanston & Des Plaines), are offering temporary shopping passes to military personnel, retirees and, their respective families. The free passes will be offered until operations of approximately 179 domestic military commissaries resume.
The U.S. government ordered the closing of domestic military commissaries due to the federal government shutdown. Due in part to safety and security concerns, 68 commissaries in Europe, the Pacific and, Puerto Rico will remain open during the temporary government shutdown.
According to a Sam’s Club press release announcing the offer, in order to obtain a temporary shopping pass at Sam’s Club, shoppers “…should show military ID or proof of past/present military service at Sam’s Club Member Service counters.”
Military families and retirees heavily depend on shopping at military commissaries to save money. Products at military commissaries are sold at cost plus a 5 percent surcharge. Furthermore, patrons do not pay any sales taxes at the commissary. Therefore, according to the Defense Commissary Agency or DeCA, a military family of four can save an average of up to $4509 off their annual grocery bill by shopping at their local commissary while a single person can save up to $1553 off their annual grocery bill. In comparison, Sam’s Club claims their members save an average of 33 percent when compared to shopping with traditional retailers.
Sam’s Club, a division of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., has a long history of being pro-military and supporting veterans. Wal-Mart was founded by Sam Walton with $5000 he had saved during his tenure as an Army Captain. Wal-Mart’s current President and CEO, Bill Simon is also a veteran having served for 25 years in both the US Navy and US Navy Reserves. On Memorial Day, the company launched the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment program aimed at hiring 100,000 veterans for jobs and careers at both Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club within the next five years. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. was also named one of the Top 100 Military-Friendly Employers by G.I. Jobs.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s pro-military initiatives has another very important local connection. Peoplescout, Wal-Mart’s partner in the Veterans Welcome Commitment hiring initiative, is headquartered in Chicago.
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