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2017 Campaign Kick Off News Release

Army Emergency Relief Kicks Off 2017 Campaign – “A Legacy of Caring”
 ARLINGTON, Va., March 1, 2017 – Army Emergency Relief (AER) announced the 2017 campaign theme, “A Legacy of Caring” - 75 Years of “Soldiers Helping Soldiers.” The AER campaign runs from March 1st through May 15th with the goal of raising $12M and creating greater awareness of AER benefits. Army Emergency Relief is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Active Duty and Retired Soldiers and their Families. Since its founding in 1942, AER has provided more than $1.8 billion to over 3.7 million Soldiers and Families in interest-free loans and grants.   
 
Army Emergency Relief is celebrating 75 years of service to America’s Army. From World War II to Operation Enduring Freedom, during times of war and in times of peace, when AER was needed, we were there. While the mission remains the same, AER has made significant changes to meet the needs of today’s Army, adding new categories of assistance, expediting the assistance process and increasing grants. AER offers financial assistance in more than 18 eligible categories of assistance, along with scholarships for dependent children and spouses, which help ease the financial burdens on the lives of Army Families every day.
 
The annual campaign is an opportunity to tell every Soldier, active and retired, and Family Member about the great programs provided by AER. “AER is making a difference in the lives of Soldiers every day. AER helps not only a Soldier’s morale and well-being, but also contributes to individual and unit readiness”, said AER’s Director, retired Army LTG Ray Mason.  “Whether the need is money for a Soldier’s emergency leave, new brakes for the family car or to cover the initial rent deposit on a new apartment, AER is there!  Donations from Soldiers, active and retired, are essential to ensure the legacy of Soldiers Helping Soldiers continues for another 75 years.”   
 
Last year AER provided more than $69 million in assistance to over 45,000 Soldiers, Retired Soldiers and their Families, which includes $7.9 million for 4,149 scholarships to Spouses and Children of Soldiers. This level of assistance can only continue through the generous support of donors. Out of every dollar donated, 87 cents goes to help Soldiers and their Families. You can be a part of AER’s remarkable milestone and help continue this “Legacy of Caring” by donating to the AER annual campaign.
 
 Soldiers needing financial assistance can either contact their unit Chain of Command, go directly to one of the 76 AER sections at their nearest Army installation or apply online at www.aerhq.org.
 
For more information, contact Army Emergency Relief: aer@aerhq.org or 866-878-6378. Follow AER on Facebook: AER HQ Facebook Page

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