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1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Col. Jason C. Brubaker, Fort Rucker garrison executive officer, addresses the players at the 31st annual All In Credit Union Golf Tournament to support Army Emergency Relief May 6. Brubaker and Bobby Michael, president and CEO of All In Credit Union, thanked the participants, sponsors and organizers of the event for their support of AER, the program that helps Soldiers when they encounter unexpected financial hardship. (Photo Credit: Jim Hughes) VIEW ORIGINAL
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2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Participants head out to tee up at the 31st annual All In Federal Credit Union Golf Tournament to support AER. Almost 100 golfers took to the Silver Wings Golf Course in support of AER. (Photo Credit: Jim Hughes) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Almost 100 golfers took to Silver Wings Golf Course May 6 to play 18 holes and also raise money for Army Emergency Relief during the All In Credit Union Golf Tournament to benefit AER.

The event raised $30,000 for Fort Rucker’s current AER Awareness Campaign, Bobby Michael, president and CEO of All In Credit Union, said at the kickoff of the tournament.

Lt. Col. Jason C. Brubaker, Fort Rucker garrison executive officer, thanked the credit union, golf course personnel and the golfers for their support of AER through the tournament.

“Thank you, All In Credit Union team, for putting on this event – for 31 years you have been doing this for a great cause,” Brubaker said. “AER is near and dear to commanders’ hearts. We know that when we have Soldiers in dire need of financial assistance, AER comes through and helps them out. As commanders, we can rely on AER to help Soldiers – give them zero-interest loans or grants when they have critical family emergencies or when unexpected financial crises happen in their lives.”

This year’s $30,000 brought the total raised by the credit union during its 31 years of hosting the tournament to $500,000, Michael said.

“Because AER is dedicated to helping the Army take care of Soldiers, our task has been an easy one – to support it and ask others to support it,” he said. “Thank you all for your support of AER – a vital organization – this does matter.”

AER has extended its 2022 awareness campaign through June 30 to provide time for all Soldiers to receive training on the program.

The campaign’s closing ceremony has been moved to July 14.

Army Emergency Relief was founded in 1942 by Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Marshall. Charged with relieving undue financial stress on the force, AER serves the enduring priorities of the secretary and chief of staff of the U.S. Army, according to the organization’s website.

Since 1942, AER has provided $2 billion to nearly 4 million Soldiers, including $1 billion since 9/11. Through zero-interest loans, grants and educational scholarships, AER ensures no Soldier faces financial hardship on their own, according to AER officials.

To donate to the organization that helps Soldiers help Soldiers, contact your unit AER coordinator, or donate online at https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org/.