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AER’s 75th Anniversary

Did you know, since its incorporation 75 years ago, Army Emergency Relief has faithfully helped the Army “Take Care of its Own” by providing more than $1.7 billion in assistance to over 3.7 million Soldiers and their Families? AER was established on Feb 5, 1942, to collect and hold funds to relieve distress of members of the U.S. Army and their dependents. This guiding principle remains true today and is reflected in their motto of “Soldiers Helping Soldiers.”

AER, funded completely by donations, exists solely to provide assistance to active duty and retired Soldiers and their Families. Financial assistance through interest free loans and grants from more than 30 eligible categories of assistance, along with scholarships for dependent children and spouses, help ease the financial burdens on the lives of Army Families every day.

Financial assistance is available at 76 AER sections located on Army installations worldwide. Army Soldiers and their Families can also apply for assistance through reciprocal agreements with Air Force Aid Society, Navy Marine Corp Relief Society, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, and the American Red Cross.  In addition, by visiting AER’s website,, active duty and retired Soldiers can find information on available programs, learn about categories of assistance, complete an online application, apply for a scholarship for a child or spouse, make a donation, and read financial statements.

In 2016 alone, AER provided $54M in assistance to more than 1,100 Wounded Soldiers and over 36,000 Soldiers and their Families - including almost 7,000 Retired Soldiers and their Families. AER’s Scholarship program awarded in excess of 4,000 scholarships to dependent children and spouses. Of all scholarships awarded, dependents of Retired Soldiers received 1,800 scholarships worth $3.9M.

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 AER’s annual campaign from March 1 through May 15th.  Watch for your letter from AER during the campaign for more details. You may mail your donation to AER, 2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 13161, Arlington VA  22202, or submit a one-time or recurring donation on AER’s website via credit card.

Please consider supporting Army Emergency Relief – together we can continue helping the Army “Take Care of its Own.”

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