U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Anthony Rodeback surveys strawberry selections in the commissary at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Nov. 8, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Candace Williams)

Starting New Year's Day, more than 3 million veterans nationwide, including tens of thousands of local veterans, will be able to shop at exchanges and commissaries on military bases and utilize their recreation facilities.

A new law makes veterans who are registered with the Veterans Affairs healthcare system and who have service-connected disabilities eligible to access those facilities on military bases. Purple Heart recipients and former POWs also will have shopping privileges and access.

In San Diego, almost 65,000 more veterans and caregivers are affected, the VA says.

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