AER campaign kicks off March 4

| March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Photo illustration by Kristen Wong, Oahu Publications The 2016 Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off March 4 at 4:15 p.m. at the Nehelani Conference Center. The fund assists Soldiers with facing a variety of financial challenges who need basic living necessities, emergency traveling funds, scholarships or personal vehicle repairs.

Photo illustration by Kristen Wong, Oahu Publications
The 2016 Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off March 4 at 4:15 p.m. at the Nehelani Conference Center. The fund assists Soldiers with facing a variety of financial challenges who need basic living necessities, emergency traveling funds, scholarships or personal vehicle repairs.

Army Community Service
Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The U.S. Army-Hawaii community is cordially invited to attend the Army Emergency Relief Annual Fundraising Campaign kickoff hosted by U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, March 4, at 4:15 p.m., at the Nehelani Banquet and Conference Center, here.

Right Arm Night will immediately follow, so you are encouraged to come early to attend the kickoff, too. USAG-HI will host refreshments with live music prior to the kickoff.

About AER
As a private nonprofit agency, AER is funded solely by Soldiers and community donations.

AER receives donations – not through the Combined Federal Campaign, but through this annual fundraising campaign, which runs this year from March 4 through May 15.

The Schofield AER office is the only AER office on Oahu, and it’s responsible to assist all Soldiers, retirees and their family members on the island.

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In 2015, the office collected $301,000 in donations, but distributed more than $2.1 million dollars in loans and grants to over 1,200 Soldiers and family members.

1942 beginnings
AER was established in 1942 by Soldiers for the purpose of helping fellow Soldiers respond to the financial demands of a World War. That’s why it’s referred to as “Soldiers Helping Soldiers.”

Today, financial demands continue to press Soldiers from a variety of special circumstances.  AER assists with such things as emergency travel costs when the unit cannot, when POV repairs exceed a Soldier’s savings, and with rent and initial deposit when BAH has not started or is incorrect.

AER assists with many more basic living necessities or circumstances.
(Editor’s note: ACS and DFMWR are part of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii.)

Fund drive helps  with scholarships

Army Community Service
Directorate of Family and Morale,
Welfare and Recreation
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A secondary, and many times unknown, mission of Army Emergency Relief is scholarships for spouses and children of active duty and retirees.
The scholarship is “needs-based,” and last year, the amount ranged from $500 to $3,300.

Application period
The application period started Jan. 4 and runs to May 1 when all supporting documentation is due to AER headquarters. The entire process is online, so no snail mail is required.
Last year, AER awarded 4,245 scholarships, totaling more than $9 million to spouses and children of Soldiers. Remember, the main reason family members are disapproved is failure to turn in documentation by the May 1 deadline.

Donations
AER donations are put to good use for Soldiers and their families, so please support your local AER fundraising campaign this year, March 4 through May 15.
The Schofield Barracks AER Office is located at Army Community Service, Bldg. 2091, 2091 Kolekole Ave. Call 655-4227.

Applications
For more information and to apply, go to www.aerhq.org and click on “Scholarships.”

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