By Jackie Torres, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and RecreationJune 27, 2011
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii -- The Army Emergency Relief fundraising campaign surpassed its goal of $300,000, here, when it ended May 15.
The annual campaign allows Soldiers to help their fellow Soldiers, and it creates a greater awareness and understanding of AER programs and benefits.
This year’s campaign efforts brought in $300,992.
AER can help with emergency financial needs for basic living expenses like food, rent, utilities, emergency travel expenses, vehicle repairs and funeral or medical/dental expenses.
AER is a private, nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to active duty Soldiers, single or married, and their family members; National Guard and Reserve Soldiers on continuous active duty for more than 30 days, and their family members; retirees; and surviving spouses and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired.
Last year in Hawaii, more than 2,430 Soldiers and family members were assisted with no-interest loans totaling $2,597,199 and grants totaling $77,372.
In 2010, AER granted $7.9 million to help meet undergraduate education needs, nationwide, with 3,170 scholarships to Soldiers’ children and 1,761 scholarships to Soldiers’ spouses.
AER thanks contributors for their continued and generous support. The contributions have made it possible for AER to continue to serve Soldiers and family members.
For AER assistance or questions, contact your unit chain of command or the installation AER section at (808) 655-7132; after business hours, contact the American Red Cross at (877) 272-7337.