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.
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
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
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.
provides financial assistance for such needs as emergency travel,
housing, car repair, food and utilities.
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.
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.
McCoy’s AER office is located at 2111 South 8th Ave., and the AER POC
can be reached at 608-388-6712.
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.
details on AER’s assistance programs may be found on the Web at
information in the Fort McCoy community about the AER program, visit the
Army Community Service (ACS) Academy Web site at
(Submitted by Fort McCoy ACS AER program).