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
Policies • 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
Food • Funds provided for food only until next payday • Unit may be asked to confirm need
Utilities • 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