'); } -->
By Sue Ulibarri / MCoE Public Affairs
Fort Benning kicked off its annual Army Emergency Relief campaign again this year with the theme, Supporting Soldiers and their Families Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The 2013 campaign opened March 1 and will run through May 15.
Army Emergency Relief is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1942 which, provides interest-free loans and grants in the form of scholarships, emergency financial assistance and aid to active-duty Soldiers and their Families, retirees and surviving spouses and orphans.
There is no limit on the amount of assistance that can be provided and no limit on the number of times a Soldier may make requests for assistance. It is all based on need.
Last year, the Fort Benning community contributed $275,000 to the agency however, Fort Benning AER officers distributed $2.7 million $377,000 were in the form of grants to help with emergency financial needs. More than 2,000 Soldiers, Families, retirees and widows received assistance. Army wide, AER provided $76.8 million in assistance to more than 59,000 Soldiers and their Families.
Soldiers who wish to participate should contact their unit AER representative or go to AERHQ.org. They may contribute to the general assistance fund or to specific programs.
The AER website and AER representatives have lists available. All contributions are fully tax deductible. For more information, call 706-545-3530.