The Veterans Canteen Service was founded in 1946. It was started in order to provide items of merchandise and services at reasonable prices to Veterans enrolled in VA healthcare system, caregivers, and visitors. These items also include food, and vending services across the country. You may shop at a local store or online through VCS PatriotStoreDirect.

VCS PatriotStoreDirect services and products are made available to thousands of American Veterans and the following:

  • family members of American Veterans
  • VA employees
  • VA volunteers
  • VA visitors

Some of the items they provide are:

You may connect with the Veterans Affairs via:

NOTE: please visit the site directly to verify the details and obtain more information.

If you are a Veteran that needs to shop the official PatriotStoreDirect, read below. We have provided a quick “how to” activation guide below to find out how to activate access to the VCS PatriotStoreDirect online.

how to activate- shop access to the VCS PatriotStoreDirect online

what you need in advance:

  • internet access

what to do:

  • visit:
  • you will see the recent specials but to fully shop, click on the “Browse Our Categories” link to open the list of categories on the left hand side of the page OR scroll down
  • browseshop
  • Click here to find a local VCS store near you to visit and shop in person.