SCHINNEN, Netherlands Aca,!" USAG Schinnen kicked-off their annual Army Emergency Relief Campaign at the garrisonAca,!a,,cs Bowling Center March 12 to encourage support for AER, which provides commanders a valuable asset to ensure the morale and welfare of Soldiers.

Aca,!A"There are many programs out there and AER is definitely one that takes care of Soldiers and is worth supporting,Aca,!A? said USAG Schinnen Command Sgt. Maj. Mary L. Brown as she led the kick-off event and cake cutting.

The annual AER campaign is open until May 15 to raise awareness and support. AER is a private non-profit organization that provides Active Duty Soldiers, Retirees, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers financial assistance for essential needs.

Aca,!A"Our goal is to achieve 100 percent contact to raise awareness and encourage support of AER through voluntary donations,Aca,!A? said USAG SchinnenAca,!a,,cs AER Program manager Sheilla Lee.

In 2009, the USAG Schinnen AER Campaign raised $4,612.00 and provided more than $17,000 in assistance to local service members - a substantial return to Soldiers and their families.

The Annual Air Force Assistance Fund, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance organizations also conduct similar annual campaigns to support their service members.

The AER campaign is an opportunity to increase awareness and the opportunity for the military family to Aca,!Eoetake care of their ownAca,!a,,c through voluntary contributions.

The kind of support provided, when needed, includes emergency financial needs for food, rent or utilities; emergency travel; funeral expenses; medical/dental expenses; and personal needs when pay is delayed or stolen. Each application for aid is evaluated against strict criteria on a case-by-case basis.

To learn more about AER or to donate, call 046-443-7450/7500 or visit the AER website:

The AER Key Persons in the tri-border region are: USAG Schinnen, Sgt. 1st Class Marcus Anderson; JFC Brunssum, Alpha Company, Sgt. Marcus Beal, 045-526-2129; HHC, Sgt. Sgt. Linnet Montero, 045-526-3305.

Contributions may be by allotment, cash, or check and service members who choose to contribute by allotment can spread their donation out over time, up to 12 months. Credit card donations are possible through the organizationAca,!a,,cs websites.

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