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Army Emergency Relief


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Army Emergency Relief

Army Emergency Relief

Incorporated in February 1942 for the

purpose of collecting and holding

funds to relieve the distress of

members of the Army and their dependents.

AER Organization

Private, non-profit organization

Operates under AR 930-4

Receives no federal funding

Commanders must provide staff and facilities

AER Eligibility

Active duty and their dependents

Reservists and NG on continuous active duty for more than 30 days and their dependents

Retirees and their dependents

Widow(ers) and orphans of eligible members


Each case is considered on its own merit

Only for valid emergency needs

Borderline decisions favor applicant

Situation must develop after entry on active duty

Assistance only to and for ID Card holders

Non-receipt of pay

Does not include instances of no pay due because of garnishment, forfeiture of pay, etc.

Applies only when soldier did not receive pay due to finance error, etc.

Loss of funds

Applies to loss or theft of funds

Funds are not replaced; assistance may be given for specific needs only

Police report may be required

Medical, dental, hospital

Cannot pay debts

Only authorized to allow patient to receive medically necessary treatment

Documentation from doctor or dentist may be required

Funeral Expense

Can only pay for required expenses which must be prepaid before burial

Paid directly to mortuary

Soldier must be responsible for the cost of burial

Emergency Travel

Usually due to death or serious illness

AER will arrange travel

All travel is funded for round trip

Cannot reimburse for tickets bought on internet, through agents, etc.

Rent or Mortgage

Cannot pay in advance

Must confirm with landlord

Must be appropriate for income

Paid directly to landlord


Funds provided for food only until next payday

Unit may be asked to confirm need


Includes electricity, natural gas, and water and sewage

No telephone, cable, etc.

Bills must be for current residence

Essential POV

POV must be essential for travel to and from work, school, doctor, etc.

No collision repairs (deductible only)

Estimate will be required

Vehicle must be worth repairing

Assistance Not Authorized

Ordinary leave

Liquidation of debts

Court fees, fines, legal expenses

Purchase of POV

Continuing assistance

Bad checks

Application Procedure

Prepare form DA 1103

Obtain commander’s signature

Provide appropriate documentation

After hours, contact Center Duty Officer

Available through Red Cross if not near a military installation

For more information…

Call us at 791-3579

Office is located in Darling Hall, Room 367

Application is available online

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