Army Emergency Relief

Program Description

AER is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. AER's sole mission is to help soldiers and their dependents.

AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own." AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers.

AER funds are made available to commanders having AER Sections to provide emergency financial assistance to soldiers - active & retired - and their dependents when there is a valid need.

AER funds made available to commanders are not limited and are constrained only by the requirement of valid need.

For these reasons, the AER assistance program is conducted within the Army structure by major commanders and their installation/organization commanders through AER sections and other related organizations.

Services

  • No-interest loans
  • Grants
  • Scholarships
  • Categories of Assistance:
  • Emergency Travel
  • Vehicle Repair
  • Food
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Utilities
  • Medical bills
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Re-location expenses
  • Dependent Dental
  • Cranial Helmets
  • Car Seats
  • Initial/Replacement Furniture
  • Vehicle Replacement (down payment)
  • Major Appliance Repair/Replacement
  • HVAC Repair

Eligibility

  • Active Duty Soldiers and their Dependents
  • Retired Soldiers (receiving a retired check from DFAS) and their Dependents
  • Army Reserve Soldiers on orders for 30 days or more, and their Dependents
  • Army National Guard Soldiers on Federal Active Duty (Title 10) orders for 30 days or more and their Dependents.
  • Widow(ers) (who have not remarried) and orphans of soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired.

How To Apply

  • Apply directly to the nearest AER section (listed at www.aerhq.org) If there is no Army installation with an AER section, go to the nearest Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard installation. Assistance may be obtained through the other Service Aid Societies through reciprocal agreements. If not within 50 miles of any military installation, assistance may be obtained through the American Red Cross call center at 1-877-272-7337.

Documentation

  • ID Card
  • Copies of bills/repair estimates
  • Leave and Earning Statement (LES)
  • For a Spouse – Power of Attorney
  • For NG and USAR – copy of current Title 10 orders


Contact Info

Army Emergency Relief

866-878-6378
Army Emergency Relief
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332

About Army Emergency Relief

AER is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. AER's sole mission is to help soldiers and their dependents. AER is the Army's own ... MORE