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


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