Wordy Wednesday! AER… What is it?

You may see the word AER out there as a financial resource that may be available to help army soldiers  and their families.  What is it?  Here is some more info about AER I found and wanted to share from the following website, http://militaryfamily.about.com/od/moneyandfinances/a/Army-Emergency-Relief.htm
The Army strives to take care of their own. One example of their commitment to Soldiers is the Army Emergency Relief fund. When a Soldier or one of their dependents requires emergency funds the AER is a valuable financial assistance program to consider.Active duty, Guardsmen and Reservists on active duty for more than 30 days, and retired Soldiers may apply for an AER loan, grant or combination of the two. The whole process is relatively quick. Depending on the servicemembers’ needs the wait time is as short as the same day or as long as a few days.

AER Provides Money For:

  • Medical and dental expenses
  • Emergency transportation
  • Vehicle repair
  • Funeral expenses
  • Food
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Personal items/expenses when pay is lost or stolen

Expenses Not Covered by AER:

  • Legal fees and/or fines
  • Bounced check fees
  • Payment of credit card bills
  • Home improvements
  • Money to purchase a house
  • Vacations and/or leave
  • Vehicle purchase, lease or rent

How to Apply for AER Funds
Contact the AER representative at your installation. If you’re unsure of the location, ask your chain of command. During the appointment the representative will supply you with either AER Form 600or AER Form 700. You’ll need to fill out the form, have it signed by your commander and return it AER.

Necessary Documents
When applying for funds you’ll need to provide:

  • Military ID
  • LES
  • Documents that support the request such as utility bills, car repair bills or estimates, medical bills, etc.

If you have additional questions, visit the Army Emergency Relief Web site or call them at 1-866-878-6378

31 Days of Geocaching – WE CAN DO THIS!

It is a emphatic “WE CAN DO THIS”, I scream.  And I am already shaking my head laughing that we probably wont. But lets be positive now!

31 days of geocaching - aug2013


31 one days seems like a lot. But I bet we can do it. Right? So let the planning begin. Tell me about your adventures as you take the 31 Day Geocache Challenge with me.

As a mother of three, I plan on working them into my day as we do errands. At times it can seem impossible trying to find a easy one with kids in tow. But remember that list I created of caches to do with kids?! Now, it can come in handy. And as a added selfie bonus – Bug starts back to school Aug. 19. Which means I’m down a kid! That new ratio will come in super handy, especially when Diva is a preschool and its just me and SB.

So I say- Challenge accepted!

Tip{py} Tuesdays- Snack Box

I’m wearing a few hats today as I’m writing this post. So excuse my photo background. But as a mom, you all know how we must adjust and go with the flow more than actually following the path we intended. I plan on being home by lunch and its 1pm and no one has eaten. So what do you do?

Most moms have smushed crackers, melted fruit snacks and even maybe a exploded applesauce in the bottom of their diaper bag (anyone else ever reach in the grab a diaper and come out with a handful of applesauce? < this mom has).

After I matured as a mom and started realizing some off brand diapers works just as good as name brands and its cheaper to make baby food; I realized this little handy helper.

One day I got the urge to clean. I know SHOCK! And started cleaning my counters off. I ran across a old school box my son had brought home. My first instinct was to pitch it. But it was perfect. No cracks or marks and being the upcycler I am. I couldn't throw it out. So I left it and moved on to cleaning out my nice purse. Ya know, the one reserved for date nights? Ya, that one. And the bottom was filled with cracker crumbs. Gah!

I cleaned out my purse and reached for the school box. Loaded it up with crackers, applesauce cups and snacks (moms don’t you get crabby when your hungry? Don’t forget a snack for you!) and threw it into the diaper bag.


And there you have it. It slides to the bottom of the bag in most cases, which is fine since I don’t use it that often. But at least I’m not worried about reaching in and getting a handful of applesauce.


Tricare Testing the Waters; Failing to Swim

Again it looks like AD (active duty) families are rightfully spared the chopping block…this time. But with the raising cost of health care aligned with the rise in diagnosed ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) children; when will the two clash? Some are complaining that Autism is being over and misdiagnosed.  Parents are searching for a scapegoat for either their own poor parenting skills, uncontrollable children or  lack of a different diagnosis. With all these new cases of ASD coming to the forefront those with extreme or mild ASD are the ones who will eventually suffer. When cases come up with severe ASD children, there might not be enough ABA’s or therapists to handle the case.  In the future, something will have to give. I’m thinking we will either see changes to the Tricare ABA policy permanent or the cost share will dramatically go up.

I think what we were all witness to was Tricare dipping their toes in the water. How far can they push until they get a reaction? However, instead of a simple toe dip, Tricare jumped in head first. Luckily, us parents were there to save them before they drowned. Maybe they will learn their lesson. Nevertheless, as a parent, I have a feeling they are going to test the boundaries a few more times.

In an email addressed on July 24th, one day before the new Tricare ABA guidelines were suppose to go into effect, Tricare sent out a passive yet informative email.  They wrote “Beginning July 25, 2013, the Department of Defense is expanding autism services available to retirees and other non-active duty family members with the introduction of the Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) pilot program. There are no changes to the level of care and service being currently provided to active-duty family members.”

No apologies were written for their abrupt and unemotional apathetic rudeness towards military families with special needs children. But isn’t that one of the first things we teach our children; when to say “sorry”?