DVIDS – News – Army Emergency Relief launches its 2022 campaign

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina – The 2022 Army Emergency Relief Campaign began March 1 at U.S. Army military installations around the world.

The AER is the official nonprofit organization of the U.S. military and is responsible for relieving excessive financial stress on the force through zero-interest loans, grants, and scholarships.

“The Army Emergency Relief Fund is an excellent program that provides leaders with an easy-to-access resource to help their soldiers in need,” said Col. Scott Pence, Fort Bragg Garrison Commander. “It is important that our military know the resources available and understand that their leadership is there to support them in the event of financial difficulties.”

AER offers over 30 different support categories. These categories include basic living expenses such as rent, mortgage, food and utilities, medical expenses such as dental care, medical expenses and equipment for special medical needs, private vehicle expenses such as repairs, maintenance, insurance payments and children. car seats and unforeseen emergency expenses such as emergency travel, funerals, domestic violence and disaster assistance.

“Recently, a Fort Bragg family needed sensory items for their exceptional family member,” said Darla Cureton, Fort Bragg Army Emergency Relief Officer. “The required items were not covered by TRI-CARE, which placed the financial burden on the family. The family was able to apply for a grant from ARE and received nearly $600 to cover the cost of the items. Not only has the grant reduced the family’s overall financial stress, it has allowed them to improve their child’s quality of life.

Anyone who meets the requirements outlined in Army Regulation 930-4 is eligible to receive ARE assistance. This includes active duty soldiers and their eligible dependents, Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers activated on Title 10 orders for more than 30 days and their eligible dependents, soldiers retirement for longevity, medical care or at age 60 and their eligible dependents, and survivors spouses who have not remarried and children of soldiers who died on active duty or who died after reaching retirement age. eligibility for retirement.

There are three ways to request assistance from AER. The first, fastest and most effective way is for a person to speak with their chain of command. The chain of command has the authority to approve immediate financial assistance up to $2,000 and may refer the individual to the AER officer on duty.

The second option is to go to the nearest AER office. Offices are conveniently located at many Army installations, to be included here. The Fort Bragg AER office is located on the third floor of the Soldier Support Center and can be reached at 910-396-2507.

The last option of contacting the American Red Cross is the most useful for those who are not near a military installation. The American Red Cross can be contacted at 1-877-272-7337 and select the financial assistance option.

“In 2021, Fort Bragg provided $2.9 million in assistance within our community, including $980,000 through the Commander and First Sergeant Rapid Assistance Program,” Cureton explained. “In addition, 504 of our children and 101 spouses received over $2 million in scholarships.

ARE offers scholarship opportunities for spouses pursuing an undergraduate degree or professional certification and for children pursuing an undergraduate degree.

AER is able to offer loans, grants and scholarships through donations. As the military’s nonprofit financial aid organization, it’s the most direct route to supporting soldiers and their families. Based solely on donations, the ARE has provided $2 billion in aid to nearly four million Army team members since 1942.

“The Army Emergency Relief Fund is just one way we can demonstrate our commitment to the People First strategy to our soldiers and our families,” Pence said. “Providing our soldiers with a pathway to financial preparedness in times of crisis is essential to maintaining their quality of life and ensuring they know they are part of the Army family.

This year, Fort Bragg leadership has set a campaign goal of $250,000, continuing the tradition of “soldiers helping soldiers.”
Those wishing to make a donation can do so via the AER website. If you have any questions, contact AER at [email protected] or 866-878-6378.
Active Duty and Retired Soldiers may donate by payroll distribution, as approved by Defense Finance and Accounting, which can be set up through the AER Portal here: https:/ /aerprod.powerappsportals.us/.

For more information on the AER, go to https://www.armyemergencyrelief.org/ and for more information on the AER office at Fort Bragg, go to https://bragg.armymwr. com/programs/aer.

Date taken: 04.04.2022
Date posted: 04.04.2022 09:53
Story ID: 417770
Location: FORT BRAGG, North Carolina, USA

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