Army Emergency Relief

Army Emergency Relief

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General Information
Description of ServiceArmy Emergency Relief (AER) is a non-profit, charitable organization independent of, but closely associated with the United States Army.

Army Emergency Relief helps US Army soldiers and their dependents, by providing emergency aid, in the form of either a direct grant (a cash gift, not to be repaid) or an interest-free loan, and by giving college scholarships to children of soldiers. Under Army regulations, officers must recommend whether their soldiers deserve aid.

Emergency Aid
Help with emergency financial needs for:
  • Rent/Mortgage
  • Vehicle repair
  • Emergency travel
  • Utilities/Deposits
  • Funeral expenses
  • Food
  • Non-receipt of pay
  • Relocation travel
  • Dependant dental
  • Medical expenses
  • Repair/Replacement of HVAC
  • Repair/Replacement of major appliances
  • Replacement vehicle
  • Loss of funds
  • Cranial helmets
  • Essential furniture
  • Car seats
  • Rental vehicle
Loans up to $1000 do not require command recommendation, and there is no limit to the amount of funds Army Emergency Relief may authorize. Officers are responsible for ensuring that their soldiers repay AER loans.

Army Emergency Relief maintains two scholarship programs – the Spouse Education Assistance Program and the MG James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children. Both scholarships provide financial assistance for students who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree.

Scholarship applications are accepted from 1 January to 1 May each year for assistance for the following academic year.

Scholarship award amounts are not guaranteed and vary each year based on the total number of applicants in each program and budget amount allotted to the scholarship programs.

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Geographical AreaAdams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Berks, Blair, Bradford, Bucks, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lawrence, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Philadelphia, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, Wyoming, York
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Documents RequiredYou should bring the following:
  • Military ID Card,
  • Leave and Earnings Statement,
  • Leave/PCS orders,
  • Substantiating documents such as car repair estimate, rental agreement, utility bill,
  • Reserve Component Soldiers need to bring the current set of orders that place them on active duty for greater than 30 consecutive days,
  • The spouse must be able to present a Power of Attorney (POA) if requesting assistance in the Soldier’s absence. If there is no POA, Soldier contact and concurrence for assistance can be obtained through the American Red Cross.
Client Information
Target PopulationMilitary/Veterans
EligibilityThe following individuals are eligible for assistance from Army Emergency Relief:
  • Soldiers on extended active duty and their dependents.
  • Members of the Reserve Components of the Army (National Guard under Title 10 authority and Army Reserve) who are on continuous active duty for more than 30 consecutive days and their eligible family members.
  • Soldiers retired from active duty because of longevity or physical disability or retired upon reaching age 60 (Reserve Components) and their eligible family members.
  • Widows, widowers and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty or after retirement as cited above.
Contact Information
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Contact's Name Lieutenant Generl Raymond Mason
Contact's Position Director
Contact's Email
Physical Site Address 1 2530 Crystal Drive
Physical Site Address 2 Suite 13161, 13th Floor
Physical Site City, State, Zip Arlington, VA 22202
Main Phone 877-272-7337
Other Phone 866-878-6378
Service Location Email
Web Address
Affiliated Agency, Programs, and Services
Affiliated Agency: Army Emergency Relief
Affiliated Program: Army Emergency Relief
This Service: Army Emergency Relief
Taxonomy Postings
Posted to Categories: Appliances (BM-3000.0500)
Army Personnel (YN-0500.0500)
Automobile/Van Rentals (BT-4500.4500-050)
Automotive Repair and Maintenance (BM-7000.0500)
Burial/Cremation Expense Assistance (PB-0900)
Child Passenger Safety Seats (JR-8400.1500)
Dental Care Expense Assistance (LH-5100.1700)
Electric Service Payment Assistance (BV-8900.9300-180)
Families of Active Military Personnel (YJ-2050.2030)
Families of Retired Military Personnel (YJ-2050.2070)
Food Vouchers (BD-1800.2250)
Furnaces (BM-3000.0500-230)
Furniture (BM-3000.2000)
Gas Service Payment Assistance (BV-8900.9300-250)
Heating Fuel Payment Assistance (BV-8900.9300-300)
Interest Free Loans (NT-6400.3300)
Medical Expense Assistance (LH-5100)
Military Reserves (YN-5000)
Moving Expense Assistance (BH-3800.5150)
National Guard Personnel (YN-0500.6000)
Rent Payment Assistance (BH-3800.7000)
Retired Military (YN-7000)
Scholarships (HL-8000.8000)
Transportation Expense Assistance (BT-8300)
Undesignated Temporary Financial Assistance (NT-8900)