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Army Emergency Relief - Soldiers Helping Soldiers
Posted on December 13, 2017

Army Emergency Relief logoCaptain Presley and his young family were learning to deal with the normal challenges of military life when their house caught fire and burned down. In the midst of getting ready to deploy and with little expendable money, he turned to Army Emergency Relief (AER) for help. AER was there to provide funds for new furniture and household goods. “We don’t know what we would have done without AER stepping in” said Captain Presley.

Soldiers helping Soldiers.  That is what GEN George C. Marshall had in mind when he established Army Emergency Relief in 1942. As the United States entered into WWII and our military began deploying en masse, Soldiers left their families behind to deal with the day-to-day struggles. AER was established to provide a way for Soldiers to meet the financial needs that would have otherwise distracted from their mission to defeat Nazi Germany and the Axis powers.

For more than 75 years, AER has continued to refine and adapt to the ever-changing world in which Soldiers operate. Active and Retired Soldiers continue to face a broad range of challenges, and AER is committed to providing that financial support. Whether the need is a small repair to a vehicle or a scholarship for a spouse, son, or daughter, AER is there. Most recently, as the hurricanes devastated Texas, Florida and the Caribbean, AER responded, providing more than $3.6 million in grants.

However, we can’t provide this necessary support without you and your generous contribution. Will you help other Soldiers and military families like yours?

Please donate to Army Emergency Relief by visiting


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