This article by Jim Absher originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
The Army and Air Force Exchange Service, or AAFES, is opening more dental and medical equipment service centers on military installations in 2021. And in a first, it will also bring chiropractic services to selected locations in the U.S.
Currently, AAFES offers wellness services on several military locations worldwide, including:
- 139 optical and optometry clinics
- 17 durable medical equipment shops
- 9 dental offices
AAFES is planning to open seven additional durable medical equipment shops and eight dental offices at locations worldwide this year.
New to the exchange wellness program in 2021 will be six chiropractic clinics, slated to open at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Stewart, Georgia; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; MacDill Air Force Base, Florida; and Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
All exchange wellness locations accept Tricare and most private insurance programs.
"With exchange wellness offerings, service members and families can get what they need without having to go off the installation," said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Osby, exchange senior enlisted adviser. "The exchange remains committed to making life better for military communities throughout 2021."
The services are available to all authorized exchange customers including active-duty members, retirees, family members and all disabled veterans.