A hole in one for AER

by Sarahjane Phillips
Army Community Services

Army Emergency Relief is a nonprofit organization with the sole mission of assisting Soldiers and their dependents who have fallen into financial crisis. 

AER provides emergency financial assistance in the form of loans and grants for things like food, rent, utilities, emergency transportation, funeral expenses, medical assistance or for personal needs when pay has been delayed. One of the benefits of AER is that it  also provides undergraduate-level education scholarships to children of service members.

In order to be eligible for AER, one must be a Soldier or dependent on active duty, a member of the Army National Guard or U.S. Army Reserve and serve on continuous active duty for more than 30 days, a retired Soldier from active duty, a widow or an orphan.

If you are thinking about applying for assistance, bring the following with you to the AER office: a valid military ID card, LES, leave/PCS orders and substantiating documents such as utility bills or medical receipts.

This past fundraising season saw many generous donations and support from the local community. 

Beginning with a kick-off breakfast and ending with a  golf tournament, Soldiers gave back to their own by not only meeting but exceeding the garrison goal.
The golf tournament was the highlight of the campaign season, with 62 registered players.

During the tournament, AER officer Denise Fesel  thanked the players for their support and asked volunteers to pull out the names of several lucky raffle winners. The items won included golf gear, a $100 gift voucher from United Service Organizations, and two tickets to a Shakira concert at the Mannheim SAP arena.

For more information on AER, call 493-4151 or  0631-3406-4151 or stop by Bldg. 2917 on Pulaski Barracks between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.