Army Emergency Relief
What is it? Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War. AER's sole mission is to provide financial assistance to Soldiers and their Families.
In the form of interest-free loans and grants for:
- Emergency assistance to include rent, food, travel, car repair, funeral, medical and dental expenses.
- Children and Spouse Scholarships
- Incidental expenses for Soldiers medically evacuated from Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom
- Support to Families of Fallen Soldiers
AER assistance is available 24/7 and worldwide. The Army operates 91 AER offices at U.S. Army Installations where Soldiers and their Families may seek AER assistance. To ensure access to AER assistance, Soldiers and their Families may also go to any of the other Military Aid Societies (Air Force Aid Society, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance) or the American Red Cross.
What has the Army done? To increase Soldiers' awareness of AER and to help raise funds to support AER's mission, the Army conducts an annual AER Campaign from March 1st through May 15th. In addition to its Annual Campaign, AER accepts unsolicited donations from individual donors and corporations at anytime.
Why is it important to the Army? The well-being of the Army's AII-Volunteer Force depends on the well-being of our Soldiers and Families. Army Emergency Relief is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own" and provides Army Leaders a valuable asset in accomplishing their command responsibility and moral obligation as leaders to ensure a ready source for financial assistance to Soldiers and their Families.
The AER Web site may be accessed by clicking here.