Expansion of Patronage for Certain Veterans and Certain Caregivers for Veterans
Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the Department of Defense authorized all service-connected Veterans, Purple Heart recipients, former prisoners of war (POW), and individuals approved and designated as the primary family caregivers of eligible Veterans under the Department of Veterans Affairs Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (PCAFC) can use commissaries, exchanges, and morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) retail facilities, in-person and online.
*Primary caregivers do not have and will not be granted sponsorship privileges.
On your first visit to MCB Hawaii, visit the Visitors Center, building 1637, MCB Hawaii, or the Pass and Registration Office, Camp Smith, and present your Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC). The VHIC must identify your eligibility status as Service-Connected, Medal of Honor, Purple Heart, Former POW, or a combination thereof. Veterans not in possession of a VHIC are also authorized to present a VA Health Eligibility Center (HEC) Form H623A and a REAL ID compliant driver’s license or identification card.
Provide a second form of government identification that verifies your social security number (Social Security Card, Taxpayer Identification Number, or Certificate of Naturalization).The clerk will conduct an on the spot background check and proceed to register your VHIC card in the Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) upon a favorable outcome and ask you to provide required biographical information. This process can take 5 – 10 minutes and when completed, you are successfully registered for Base access.
Please present your VHIC to the gate sentry each time you visit the Base, where it will be scanned to verify your Base access eligibility. For additional MCBH access information, please view or download this brochure.
All base access denials are per Base Order 5532.1 disqualifiers. Information on how to obtain a Base Access Waiver will be provided to those individuals that have an unfavorable background check. Click here for information on how to obtain a Base Access Waiver.
All privately owned firearms and other weapons transported aboard the installation must comply with Base Order 5532, Chapter 5, and be registered with the Provost Marshal’s Office.
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