Re: "Commissary exchange consolidation gaining steam" (Tom Philpott column, 4, 17).
It occurs to me that the solution to saving the military exchange system due to budget cuts and drawing down of troops is simple: Let all veterans shop, not just active and retired military.
My husband served fours years in the Air Force and volunteered for a tour of duty in Vietnam. Now that he is retired, the option of shopping at the military commissary is attractive.
I don't think this is a new idea, but it should be reconsidered to ensure the viability of this valuable benefit.