Schuette, The Real McCoy Staff
Fort McCoy leaders attended the Army Emergency Relief (AER) Campaign
kickoff event at the Army Community Service (ACS) center Feb. 19.
Garrison Deputy Commander Lt.
Col. Annie Jackson briefs attendees at the Fort McCoy AER
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Emergency Relief resources provide emergency financial assistance to
active duty Soldiers, retirees, and family members, as well as widows
and orphans of Soldiers who died on active duty.
2009 Fort McCoy AER campaign slogan is "Adding Strength to Army
Strong," stated Dianne Sommers, ACS Fort McCoy AER campaign
goal of the campaign is to replenish funds, and to increase awareness
of the availability of AER. Awareness of AER is especially important
in light of the current economy. We donít want Soldiers and families
to become victims of predatory lenders, such as payday loans. Using
these sources may subject them to a cycle of high interest debt that
is difficult to escape," Sommers said.
Col. Annie Jackson, Fort McCoy garrison deputy commander, said the
kickoff ceremony was held to encourage installation Soldiers to
participate in the AER campaign.
important to contribute to AER), because youíre helping fellow
Soldiers in time of need, stress, and misfortune," Jackson said.
AER is a private, nonprofit organization, founded in 1942, that
receives no federal funding, and is dedicated solely to "Helping
the Army take care of its own."
noted that the installation AER program provided a total of
$172,192.64 in assistance to 98 Soldiers in 2008, continuing an upward
compares to 1998, when the Fort McCoy AER program assisted 29 Soldiers
with $19,023.68 in assistance.
"The goal of the campaign is to replenish funds, and to
increase awareness of the availability of AER."
ACS Fort McCoy AER Campaign Coordinator
AER provided more than $83 million in assistance to almost 70,000
Soldiers and families in 2008.
assistance can come in the form of an interest-free loan or a grant,
or a combination of both.
also offers scholarships to spouses and dependent children who will be
post secondary students.
deadline for the scholarship applications for academic year 2009-2010
is March 2. Applications and information are available at the AER Web
Soldiers interested in contributing to the campaign may do so by cash,
check, or allotment. Soldiers on mobilization orders may contribute by
cash or check.
organization on the installation has a Soldier who has been designated
as the Unit Project Officer, and will be accepting donations during
2009 Fort McCoy AER campaign will begin Sunday, March 1, and run
through Wednesday, April 1.
more information about AER programs and eligibility, personnel in the
Fort McCoy community can call ACS at 608-388-3505.