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AER campaign to kick off April 1

      The 2008 Fort McCoy Army Emergency Relief (AER) campaign will be held from Tuesday, April 1 through Thursday, May 1.

      All military personnel will be given the opportunity to contribute to the program by either lump sum or payroll deductions. Mobilized Soldiers can contribute by check or in cash. Contributions also can be made with credit cards at the AER Web site at http://www.aerhq.org.

      Dianne Sommers, Fort McCoy AER campaign coordinator, said the campaign kickoff will begin with a presentation to commanders and first sergeants from military units at Fort McCoy Tuesday, March 11, from 7:30-9 a.m.

      Project officer training will be held from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25 and 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 26.

      All training will occur at the Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) training room at 2111 South 8th Avenue.

      Instructions and training materials will be provided during these sessions.

      Units are requested to provide project officer contact information to ACS by Friday, March 7 by calling (608) 388-3505. The information requested includes the name of the project officer(s), unit with building number and telephone number, and the number of forms needed.

      This marks the 66th year that AER has extended a helping hand to active-duty and mobilized Soldiers, retirees, their widows or widowers, and dependents in time of emergency financial need. With the increased mission of the Army to combat terrorism on a global scale, the need has increased in recent years.

      In fiscal year 2007, $129,000.29 was provided to 106 Soldiers and family members served by Fort McCoy, compared to fiscal year 2001, when Fort McCoy provided $25,198.34 to 26 Soldiers and family members.

      AER provides Soldiers help with emergency financial needs for food, rent or utilities, emergency transportation and vehicle repair, funeral expenses, medical/dental expenses, nonreceipt of pay and undergraduate-level education scholarships, based primarily on financial need, to children and spouses of Soldiers.

      More information about AER is available at the AER Web site or, in the Fort McCoy community, by calling Sommers at (608) 388-3540.


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