WASHINGTON, D.C. (Army Emergency Relief Headquarters) — Headquarters,
Army Emergency Relief (AER) announced the start of the Army’s Annual AER
Campaign, which runs from Monday, March 1 through Saturday, May 15. The
theme of this year’s Campaign is “Helping Maintain ARMY STRONG.”
Fort McCoy will hold its AER campaign from April 15-May 15.
No matter where or when the campaign is held, the objectives remain the
same: To create greater awareness of AER’s programs and benefits and to
give Soldiers the opportunity to help their fellow Soldiers.
In 2009 AER provided $79 million in assistance to more than 71,000
Soldiers and their Families.
AER assistance not only helps to solve immediate financial needs but
also allows greater peace of mind. At Fort Hood, Texas, a young Soldier
received AER assistance for essential repairs to his car prior to
deployment, allowing his Family to have safe transportation while he is
AER provided another Soldier at Fort Jackson, S.C., immediate financial
assistance to travel home to attend a Family funeral.
Founded in response to a need for financial assistance by Soldiers and
their Families during World War II, AER provides emergency financial
assistance in the form of no-interest loans or outright grants.
In addition to emergency assistance, AER provides scholarships to
children and spouses of active-duty and retired Soldiers, financial
support to surviving Families of Fallen Soldiers, and grants to widows
and Wounded Warriors. 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.
AER assistance is available to Soldiers and their Families, wherever
they are located and the amount of assistance is only limited by a valid
Soldiers and their Family members requiring AER assistance can contact
their unit Chain of Command or go to their local installation AER
The Fort McCoy AER Office is located at 2111 South 8th Ave., and the
phone number is 608-388-6712/3505.
In fiscal year 2009, Fort McCoy’s AER program assisted 76 Soldiers and
Family members with $106,736.68 in emergency financial assistance.
Based on reciprocal agreements, Soldiers and Families not near an Army
Installation AER office can seek assistance at an Air Force, Navy,
Marine Corps or Coast Guard base from the Air Force Aid Society, Navy
Marine Corps Relief Society, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance respectively
or from any of the local chapters of the American Red Cross located
throughout the United States.
Full details on AER’s assistance programs also may be found at the Web