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Description of Service
Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a non-profit, charitable organization independent of, but closely associated with the United States Army.
Army Emergency Relief helps US Army soldiers and their dependents, by providing emergency aid, in the form of either a direct grant (a cash gift, not to be repaid) or an interest-free loan, and by giving college scholarships to children of soldiers. Under Army regulations, officers must recommend whether their soldiers deserve aid.
Emergency Aid Help with emergency financial needs for:
Non-receipt of pay
Repair/Replacement of HVAC
Repair/Replacement of major appliances
Loss of funds
Loans up to $1000 do not require command recommendation, and there is no limit to the amount of funds Army Emergency Relief may authorize. Officers are responsible for ensuring that their soldiers repay AER loans.
Scholarships Army Emergency Relief maintains two scholarship programs – the Spouse Education Assistance Program and the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children. Both scholarships provide financial assistance for students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree.
Scholarship applications are accepted from 1 January to 1 May each year for assistance for the following academic year.
Scholarship award amounts are not guaranteed and vary each year based on the total number of applicants in each program and budget amount allotted to the scholarship programs.
Substantiating documents such as car repair estimate, rental agreement, utility bill,
Reserve Component Soldiers need to bring the current set of orders that place them on active duty for greater than 30 consecutive days,
The spouse must be able to present a Power of Attorney (POA) if requesting assistance in the Soldier’s absence. If there is no POA, Soldier contact and concurrence for assistance can be obtained through the American Red Cross.
The following individuals are eligible for assistance from Army Emergency Relief:
Soldiers on extended active duty and their dependents.
Members of the Reserve Components of the Army (National Guard under Title 10 authority and Army Reserve) who are on continuous active duty for more than 30 consecutive days and their eligible family members.
Soldiers retired from active duty because of longevity or physical disability or retired upon reaching age 60 (Reserve Components) and their eligible family members.
Widows, widowers and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty or after retirement as cited above.