The government shutdown has impacted military families more than people imagine. Many families rely on the commissary for grocery savings, but when the government failed to reach a budget by October 1, the stores closed their doors. It has been less than a week, but good news came on October 5 when it was announced that many of the commissaries would reopen their doors.
It appears that the same law which ensures military service members will still receive their pay during the shutdown can also be applied to civilian Department of Defense employees. Of course, there are still plenty of questions regarding the law and just what will happen, but what is known is that a handful of commissaries have already announced they will be open for business come Monday morning.
For Hampton Roads, Naval Station Norfolk has announced that it will resume normal operating hours on October 7. However, it appears the Naval Air Station Oceana will remain closed as they have not yet made an official announcement regarding a reopening.
If you are not in the Hampton Roads area, but are still wondering if you will be able to start shopping at your local commissary, check out this site and click on the name of the commissary closest to you.
Many military families will find this to be great news as they will be able to resume their regular shopping habits.