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February 26, 2010

Armywide News

Army Emergency Relief
Fort McCoy AER campaign April 15 - May 15

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 away.

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 need.

Soldiers and their Family members requiring AER assistance can contact their unit Chain of Command or go to their local installation AER office. 

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 site http://www.aerhq.org.

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