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 January 8, 2010


Army Emergency Relief program earns
4th consecutive 4-star rating

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Army Emergency Relief (AER) recently earned its fourth consecutive four-star rating from Charity Navigator, the nation’s largest and most-utilized evaluator of charities. 

According to Charity Navigator, only 8 percent of the charities they rate have received at least four consecutive four-star evaluations. This coveted rating reflects AER’s sound fiscal management and program efficiency in providing financial assistance. In 2008, 91 cents of every dollar spent by AER was for the program costs involved in taking care of Soldiers and their families.

In fiscal year 2009 at Fort McCoy, the AER program assisted 76 Soldiers and families with $106,736.68, said Dianne Sommers, Fort McCoy AER point of contact (POC).

AER is the Army’s own military aid society, founded in 1942 in response to the needs of Soldiers and their families who were experiencing financial emergencies in World War II.  Since its founding, AER has provided over $1.2 Billion of financial assistance.

AER provides financial assistance for such needs as emergency travel, housing, car repair, food and utilities. 

With assistance provided in the form of no-interest loans and grants, AER provides the Army a valuable resource in helping take care of Soldiers and their families.

AER assistance is available to Soldiers and their families wherever they are located, and the amount of assistance approved is only limited by a valid need. Soldiers and their family members requiring AER assistance need only contact their chain of command or local AER office. 

Fort McCoy’s AER office is located at 2111 South 8th Ave., and the AER POC can be reached  at 608-388-6712.

Under AER’s Command Referral Program company commanders and first sergeants have the authority to approve AER loans to their Soldiers up to $1,000. Based on reciprocal agreements, Soldiers and families not near an Army Installation AER office can seek assistance from the Air Force Aid Society, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance or a local chapter of the American Red Cross. 

Full details on AER’s assistance programs may be found on the Web at http://www.aerhq.org.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community about the AER program, visit the Army Community Service (ACS) Academy Web site at http://www.mccoymwr.com/, ACS Academy.

(Submitted by Fort McCoy ACS AER program).

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