VA’s Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) is excited to announce a new benefit for Veterans and VA employees. Last November, VCS launched, an online shopping site exclusively available to Veterans enrolled in VA, their families, and VA employees.

This shopping experience offers thousands of products from hundreds of name brands with the ability to easily and securely shop from any device including desktop, smartphone or tablet. features products ranging from sportswear, jewelry, home décor, appliances, electronics, military items, health and beauty, Made-in-USA brands, Veteran-Owned brands, and much more. serves as an expanded catalog of items not offered in Patriot Stores, the retail shops located in the VA hospitals and clinics. Ticketing and travel services are also available which include deals for: hotels, theme parks, movie tickets, concert tickets and much more.

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Registration is free and Veterans enrolled in VA, their family members and VA employees are eligible to register at as authorized customers.

Proceeds from your purchases are given back to the Veteran community in support of VA programs such as: National Rehabilitation Adaptive Sports Games, Vets Crisis Suicide Prevention, Fisher House, Women Veteran Programs, National Disaster Relief, Homeless Veterans programs, and much more.

Veteran Canteen Service operates as a self-sustaining entity. Sales and income are used to sustain the operation with the goal of “giving back” to the VA community in support of programs or initiatives that serve to enhance the quality of life for Veterans, their families and those who provide for their care.

Veterans, their families, and VA employees can sign up to shop at

Chelsea Anderson is a Public Relations Specialist with the Veterans Canteen Service.

 Chelsea Anderson is a Public Relations Specialist with the Veterans Canteen Service.


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Published on Apr. 2, 2019

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  1. noisemakers April 23, 2019 at 4:39 am

    I get to continue in Verify and nothing happens

  2. noisemakers April 23, 2019 at 3:26 am

    How do I sign up for V

    • Martha Espinosa April 23, 2019 at 4:01 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t find a place to sign up!

  3. Duan Anderson April 17, 2019 at 4:20 pm

    I get to continue in Verify and nothing happens

  4. Giznp April 13, 2019 at 12:08 am

    How to upload the document?

  5. Carolyn King April 12, 2019 at 7:57 am

    A veteran at an event I went to last Veterans Day said to shop on and Not being a fan of internet shopping, I never did either. Is any different than the other veterans’ shopping pages?

  6. William McPheron7sm6 April 12, 2019 at 5:45 am

    I also am being seen by Gansville , FL VA and they are the best. I am a Nam vet (retired Army) and VA has been taken care of me with upmost care and I thank them

  7. James Zanotelli SSG Retired April 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    I’m a little bit confused about what is happening to the VA. systems in all the states. I retired back in 1997 from the Army and I have been going to the VA hospital since then.I have. ,yet to have any troubles from the employees who work in the stores and the PX. The people who are having trouble getting the VA hospital to take care of them must go to the organizations that will help them. Like the purple heart DAV or VFW American leagon.

  8. William G Stephens April 11, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I firmly believe that the VA is not for veterans, but so people can get a government paycheck. When I first contacted the VA their web site said most claims are settled in 6 months. That was 8 years ago! I really believe the VA is just giving Vietnam vets excuses till they die.

    • Tammy Rivenbark April 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

      Yes, my husband and I had to fight tooth and nail getting his well deserved disability .
      It took many heated conversations with Congressman, Senators and their menions for twelve years!!! Then I got so frustrated I wrote the Vice President, then Joe Biden. He responded by letter two days in a letter. Within two weeks my husband was granted disability, but was cheated out all his back pay. We learned to be grateful for what got because the government will cheat you…

    • Ken Goins April 14, 2019 at 10:57 pm

      I Feel The same way. been fighting with the VA for over 40 years and counting. It”s a shame.

  9. John L Mullen April 11, 2019 at 2:59 pm

    How in the heck am I supposed to upload a document?

  10. mike radnov April 11, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    After reading all these minus, I ain’t even gonna try to sign up.

  11. Dennis Hunter April 11, 2019 at 12:16 pm

    We all know that Walmart, Target and nearly every other store beats the prices at the Exchange and even canteens located in the hospitals. The high prices and poor selection at the VCS drive me away from making any purchases. At both facilities in Orlando, the staff acts like they are doing me a favor, and though they donate a small portion of their profits to veteran’s ‘programs’, it is more like a forced donation by vets. I need my money to pay for livelihood. Not to donate to sports games and national emergencies. Lower the prices, get better staff and get a decent selection. That will help the vets more than anything else.

    • Christopher Lenker April 12, 2019 at 10:03 am

      I have to agree about Walmart being cheaper. Even when you add the taxes on they are a cheaper. They are even cheaper than AAFES/NES. At one time, these stores were actually benefits and things were cheaper.

      • Chris Frandsen April 13, 2019 at 1:59 am

        Yes, Walmart is China’s distribution arm in the US. The will undercut any competition. Tried to by Made in The USA lately. Trump even buys his Make America Great Again hats in China! Low price is not everything. Even when you are broke!

  12. Maryetta Ables April 11, 2019 at 10:35 am

    This is a fundraising organization, money spent here goes back to veterans programs… Their prices are mostly comparable to full retail…it should NOT be so hard to enroll. If you want to enroll so you can support veterans that’s fine, if you want to enroll to save money on overpriced items at civilian stores you won’t as theis products are generally marked at full retail.

  13. Kermit671 April 11, 2019 at 9:45 am has great products. Unfortunately, I live on Guam and I tried ordering stuff, but they don’t ship to Guam. What would it take to have them ship to Guam? Amazon, Ebay and Old Navy ships to Guam. Guam is very Patriotic and has the highest per capita in enlistments within the United States and Territories. We have a bunch of Veterans on this tiny island in the Pacific, from WW2, Korean War, Desert Storm, OIF and OEF…

  14. NORMAN April 11, 2019 at 4:35 am

    I really dont think that the government really cares about vets, the pressure is on them to save face.

    • Glenn F. Howard April 11, 2019 at 8:47 am

      I disagree. The Malcolm Randall VA in Gainesville Florida got me through cancer two years ago. I have been treated with the best care in the world by the most professional, kind and considerate people. I go there for continued care and I have never been healthier! GlennFHoward

    • Ray J. Gans April 11, 2019 at 9:12 am

      My gosh how can you say that now. Things have changed.

  15. David oyster April 11, 2019 at 1:30 am

    Did you know that this has been available since mid 1940’s??

  16. Tim Gray April 11, 2019 at 1:12 am

    This is a nice idea, but I just spot checked many products. Walmart and Amazon offer better prices than this website. This is just taking advantage of Veterans who think they are getting a deal because they needed to sign up to get these “discounts”. Save yourself the time of signing up and use Amazon like the rest of us.

  17. Richard A. Leatherby April 10, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    How do I sign up for V

    • Bob Jerabek April 11, 2019 at 8:26 am

      Hey Norman, The military became great after Desert Storm, you should have seen it during and after Vietnam. Be thankfull for what we do get. It is so much better than what the civilian world sees.

      • Norman P Cantrell April 11, 2019 at 12:16 pm

        I’m a Vietnam Veteran myself and it took them 40 years to find my records and the Nashville VA is keeping all new patients at the VAH and contracting us older Vets out,which sucks.

    • David S. Epstein April 11, 2019 at 8:37 am

      I have the same question.

  18. Edward Kneas April 10, 2019 at 7:42 pm


  19. Kary April 10, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    We can shop on line though the military exchange but we can’t shop on base or return anything that we buy onlline

  20. william metzgr April 10, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    You make signing up sound so easy. I have been trying for over 40 days to get enrolled. I have no less that 15 emails and several phone calls to the “verification people”. I’ve sent in two DD214’s and a VA Benefits letter. Apparently decisions are above their paygrade. They told me their is nothing they can do. That they have people who have been waiting over a year for approval.

    • WhyKnot April 13, 2019 at 8:39 pm

      Did you say ppl have been waiting over a year for verification for this online shopping? I thought it was newer than that. The announcement made it sound like it was a few months old not a year.

    • WhyKnot April 13, 2019 at 9:14 pm

      @William Metzger, I applied today and got approved tonight!woohoo!! Yayyy

  21. Kary April 10, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    We can’t we shop at the PX BX etc but we can shop online dose this make sense we should be able to do both

  22. Harry Samuel Callawy April 10, 2019 at 6:59 pm


  23. donald g magel April 10, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    How can I register if I can not “upload” proof of eligibility?

  24. James White April 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Hi, is there any extra housing support available.

  25. David Wagner April 10, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    Awesome like this & the fact our family can use it also & it helps out vets

  26. Robert Hill April 10, 2019 at 2:21 pm

    Good Idea

  27. Annette Marshall April 10, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I have the same question as Sharon Rist.

  28. Sharon Rist April 10, 2019 at 1:35 pm

    Are spouses of veterans who were disabled and died eligible to be part of the shopvcs?

    • Susannah E L Warren April 11, 2019 at 1:01 am

      That’s exactly what I to know,also!

  29. Roberto Longoria April 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Would be great if they could deliver local, have a NAS 5 miles away in the city, but have to order from another city 150 miles away, ugh.

  30. Pat brown April 10, 2019 at 11:20 am

    It may be interesting if they would let you look at the prices before going though the trouble signing up for it .

  31. FAKAZA 2019 April 8, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    I think this is good.

    • David Jones April 10, 2019 at 10:31 pm

      I suggest you don’t use it if it’s so much trouble.

  32. Linda Rohlfing April 4, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    Well I am so excited. It is about time that the government takes care of the vets.

    SK1 Linda Rohlfing

  33. james holmes April 2, 2019 at 5:40 pm


  34. SRweb April 2, 2019 at 4:21 pm

    Good info about

  35. SRweb April 2, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    Good info about, thanks.

  36. Carl R Minor April 2, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks to Dr. Benjamin Reese at the Hickory Outpatient Clinic in Hickory, North Carolina. He is the most caring, compassionate, thorough, and best primary physician I could possibly have.

  37. Owens Earl Jr April 2, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    Think you for reaching out to all Veteran this is the first I hear of you. I like to hear more of this organization I am a Veteran and I am living a life of loneliness. I need to become involved in something, I join the American legion but it’s hard for me to aloud my self to aloud my self to become one of them I need help.

    • Paul Eller April 10, 2019 at 11:13 am

      Hey Earl. Did you find someone to talk with? A group to get involved with? I don’t want any Veteran suffering alone.

      • Shelly Fletcher April 10, 2019 at 12:30 pm

        Earl, You can call, text or chat with the veteran’s Crisis hotline anytime at 1-800-273-8255. The hotline can get you connected to the VA in your area that can assist you with local resources.

      • Tovah D April 13, 2019 at 8:20 am

        Hi Earl,
        How are you doing? Please let us know you’re ok.


  38. Ivan M. Acosta April 2, 2019 at 1:19 pm

    Very interesting and convenient. Thanks.

    Ivan Mariano Acosta

  39. Pam DeVine April 2, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    The canteen service is a great idea and nice to have but the norm is that the employees normally buy out most everything. They are there the minute merchandise is released, especially if it’s going on sale, so there’s not much for anyone else to pick from. Sale merchandise is put out on the shelves and roped off before the sale starts with signs stating that you can’t buy it yet.
    I use the VA for most of my health needs and go into the canteen every time, so run into this situation on a regular basis.
    I may buy a snack to eat after having to fast for blood work. That’s about it.

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