Army Emergency Relief Campaign under
way, continues until May 15
|ALEXANDRIA, Va., (Army Emergency Relief) —
Headquarters, Army Emergency Relief (AER) announced the annual AER
Campaign has begun and will continue through May 15. The theme is
“Supporting Soldiers and their Families — Yesterday, Today and
For the last 71 years, the campaign objectives have remained the same:
To create greater awareness of AER benefits and to give Soldiers the
opportunity to help their fellow Soldiers.
“The annual campaign allows commanders the opportunity to reinforce a
greater awareness of how Army Emergency Relief helps Soldiers and their
Families,” said AER’s director, retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Foley. “By
promoting a better understanding of AER benefits as well as an
appreciation for the flexibility which AER officers possess in
responding to requests for financial assistance, Soldiers and Families
can be provided the help they need.”
Dianne Sommers, Fort McCoy AER campaign point of contact, said the Fort
McCoy AER campaign has the same dates as the Armywide AER Campaign.
All military organizations at the installation have been asked to
provide a project officer to provide more information to military
personnel and to coordinate donations.
The Army Community Service (ACS) Center also is partnering with the
Rumpel Fitness Center to highlight the AER Campaign during the Wellness
Fair 5K run/walk event set for May 8. The T-shirt for the event will
have an AER theme in its design.
More information about AER and the installation AER Campaign also will
be available at the ACS booth at the Wellness Fair, Sommers said.
AER was established during World War II to ensure an agency exists
within the structure of the Army to provide prompt financial assistance
for Soldiers and their Families. AER continues to provide no-interest
loans and grants as well as scholarships to children and spouses of
active-duty and retired Soldiers.
In 2012 AER provided $76.8 million in assistance to more than 59,000
Soldiers and their Families. More than 38 percent of that assistance was
provided under the streamlined Command Referral Program, where company
commanders and first sergeants have the authority to approve up to
$1,500 in interest-free loans for their Soldiers.
The motto of the AER officers is, “Find a way to say ‘Yes.’” There is no
limit on the amount of assistance that can be provided and no limit on
the number of times a Soldier may make requests for assistance. It is
all based on need.
Soldiers requiring AER assistance should contact their unit chain of
command or go to their local installation AER office. Due to reciprocal
agreements with the other military aid societies, Soldiers and Families
not located near an Army installation can get AER assistance at an Air
Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard base from the Air Force Aid
Society, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, and Coast Guard Mutual
Assistance respectively or from the American Red Cross call center at
For more information about AER in the Fort McCoy community, call
Additional AER program information is available at the website