“Never leave a Soldier behind” is theme for 2016 AER campaign

| March 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Gen. Mark A. Milley, 39th Chief of Staff of the Army (Photo by Monica King)

Gen. Mark A. Milley, 39th Chief of Staff of the Army

Department of the Army
News Release

WASHINGTON — For the past 74 years, Army Emergency Relief has clearly made a difference in enhancing the readiness and relieving the distress of Soldiers and their families by providing $1.7 billion in needed financial assistance.

Last year alone, over $70 million in interest-free loans and grants was distributed to more than 48,000 Soldiers and dependents. Such an extraordinary accomplishment is not sustainable without the continued generosity of active duty and retired Soldiers and Army civilians.

Unfortunately, the number of Soldiers donating to AER over the past two years has declined 40 percent. This year, we are asking commands to re-emphasize annual fundraising efforts to maintain past levels of AER support. These efforts include the following:

  • Ensuring every Soldier receives the opportunity to voluntarily donate through on-the-job solicitation.
  • Creating a greater awareness of AER benefits through sustained publicity before and during the campaign.
  • Conducting robust campaign kickoff events involving installation leaders at all levels.

The 2016 AER annual fundraising campaign began Tuesday and

On his first visit as SMA, Daniel A. Dailey discusses the chief of staff of the Army’s top priorities with Army Hawaii NCOs during a second town hall. Dailey met with the NCOs, May 12, while on a three-day tour of units throughout USARPAC.

Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey

continues until March 15. The campaign theme, “Never Leave a Soldier Behind,” carries the solemn and enduring promise of “Soldiers helping Soldiers – yesterday, today and tomorrow.”


Patrick J. Murphy
Acting Secretary of the Army

Gen. Mark A. Milley
Army Chief of Staff

Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel A. Dailey
Sergeant Major of the Army

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