Army Emergency Relief kicks off annual campaign

Joe Monchecourt
21st Theater Support Command

The Army Emergency Relief fund began its campaign in the KMC, raising money to help Soldiers and their families

As of Monday, $4,629 were donated from 96 contributors, said Dennis McMillen, KMC Financial Readiness Program and Army Emergency Relief.
The campaign runs through May 15.

The AER was established in 1942 and obtains a large share of its funding missions through donations from both the general public and those in the Army Family. It has helped more than 2.9 million Soldiers and their families overcome financial emergencies during its 63-year span.

More than 1,000 KMC Soldiers received AER grants that totaled more than $100,000 in 2004, said Mr. McMillen.

Although active-duty Soldiers receive the bulk of the assistance, the AER helps Soldiers, widows and widowers as well. The AER also has an education scholarship program that provides financial support for dependant children and spouses.

According to Capt. Kara Mitchell, 21st Theater Support Command health services officer, most Soldiers prefer to contribute with direct pay deductions after completing the 4908 Contribution Form.

“This way they can donate increments, for example, $20 a pay period, and it doesn’t seem like a large chunk out of their wallet,” she said.

Anyone – military, civilian, retired, etc. – can contribute by cash or check. Or visit and donate with a credit card; however, credit card donations are not counted toward the KMC’s figures.

There is no set goal for the campaign in the KMC, but in 2004 3,322 contributors donated roughly $59,500, an average of roughly $18 per contribution, said Mr. McMillen.

“Every amount adds up and the more AER gets, the more individuals it can assist,” Capt. Mitchell said.

For information how to contribute, call Staff Sgt. Rebecca McCue at 484-6038.