FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- The Army Emergency Relief campaign came to a close. This year, the Fort Jackson community raised more than $279,700, which is the second highest grossing campaign in the last 10 years.

"We received great support from the different commands on the installation and it really showed in the amount of contributions received," said Angela Crosland, AER program specialist. "Even in times of budget cuts, fiscal restraints and staffing shortages, the Soldiers of Fort Jackson showed their support of AER by making monetary donations to the program."

The campaign staff and unit representatives contacted more than 15,000 Soldiers (cadre and trainees) to make sure that they know how and where to obtain help if they need it. Headquarters, AER reaches out to retirees by direct mailings, which are then sent back to Fort Jackson for processing. This year, retirees contributed more than $56,000.

AER supports Soldiers who are in need by providing assistance in the form of a no-interest loan or a grant. In 2012, the Fort Jackson AER office provided more than $770,000 in emergency financial assistance to Soldiers and their families.

As the Army changes, AER also makes adjustments to align with what matters to Soldiers and their families. Over the last two years, AER has made several changes to policies and procedures in order to meet the needs of Soldiers.

For details about AER programs and services visit www.aerhq.org or call 751-5256.

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