By Pfc. Bum Joon Kim (IMCOM)June 5, 2017
USAG DAEGU -- On May 23, Lt. Gen. (R) Raymond V. Mason, Director, and Command Sgt. Maj. (R) Charles E. Durr Jr., Chief of Assistance, from Army Emergency Relief visited Camp Henry to conduct a command brief and assist with Area IV logistical and engagement support.
Army Emergency Relief more commonly known as AER is a non-profit, charitable organization that was created to help Soldiers and their Family members who experience financial emergencies. The mission of the AER is to help U.S. Army soldiers and their dependents, by providing emergency aid, in the form of either a direct grant or an interest-free loan, and by giving college scholarships to children of soldiers.
U.S. Army Garrison Daegu AER Campaign fund drive was conducted March 1 through May 15, and it was the first time that the AER Campaign kicked off at all Camps in Area IV, Camps Walker, Henry and Carroll. USAG Daegu AER Campaign has met and exceeded its goal for 2017, the final total campaign contribution amounting $52,952.44. Campaign donation for this year has increased more than 29% compared to last year. This was congratulated by Mason and Durr and they took a commemoration photo celebrating the success.
During their visit, Mason and Durr had a Sensing session with AER Officers to facilitate dialogue amongst junior and senior leaders of 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command on the AER program and conduct leader development session. After, Mason and Durr had an office call with William Butcher, Deputy to the Garrison Commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Juan A. Abreu. Their goal was to talk to us about the contributions, effects, and capability of the AER program and thank the USAG DAEGU community for their efforts providing support for soldiers and contributing to the program.
"We laid out a couple ideas how the annual campaign can support our soldiers and our community, and ways to meet soldier's request," said Abreu. "We also want advice soldiers to visit AER office before they have a financial need. Many young soldiers are not aware of unforeseen circumstances. We want to educate them, make them prepare, and prevent the worst."