By Spc. Erica VinyardMarch 27, 2009
Time is running out to contribute to the Army Emergency Relief campaign. The campaign will be ending May 15.
The 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) kicked off March with its AER campaign. The theme of this yearAca,!a,,cs Campaign is Aca,!A"Adding Strength to ARMY STRONGAca,!A?.
Army Emergency Relief is a private nonprofit organization incorporated by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff in 1942. AER's sole mission is to help Soldiers and their dependents.
ItAca,!a,,cs 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 and their dependents when there is a valid need.
Support for AER assistance program comes from the following sources: contributions from Soldiers (active and retired) and civilians, repayment of AER interest-free loans, investment income and unsolicited contributions.
Col. Joseph P. Buche, The Old Guard regimental commander, encourages Soldiers to consider donating or taking advantage of using this resource.
Aca,!A"If you donate one quarter of a percent of your base pay, IAca,!a,,cll put your names in a hat and the first name drawn will have their car washed to your standards by me,Aca,!A? said Buche.
So far, only 5 Soldiers from the regiment have qualified for the commander's challenge. By donating quickly, any Soldier has a great chance of winning.
For more information, contact your chain of command, visit AERAca,!a,,cs website at www.aerhq.org or call Fort MyerAca,!a,,cs AER Officer Trina Reliford at (703) 696-3510.