Army Emergency Relief (AER)

Overview

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private, non-profit organization established to assist Soldiers and their Family members in emergency financial situations due to no fault of their own. Financial assistance is given in the form of an interest-free loan, grant, or combination of the two. Loans are repaid by an allotment.

To apply for AER assistance, the Soldier should be seen by the Unit Commander/1SG for interview/counseling to determine if the situation can be resolved through the chain-of-command or some other source. After determining that the Soldier has a valid emergency, the unit commander would then authorize the individual to seek AER assistance.

Services & Assistance

Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private, non-profit organization established to assist Soldiers and their Family members in emergency financial situations due to no fault of their own. Financial assistance is given in the form of an interest-free loan, grant, or combination of the two. Loans are repaid by an allotment.

To apply for AER assistance, the Soldier should be seen by the Unit Commander/1SG for interview/counseling to determine if the situation can be resolved through the chain-of-command or some other source. After determining that the Soldier has a valid emergency, the unit commander would then authorize the individual to seek AER assistance.

Education Programs

AER’s Education Program is a secondary mission to help Army Families with the costs of education. The three separate scholarship programs are:

Stateside Spouse Education Assistance Program

  • Applicant must be the Spouse or widow(er) of an active duty or retired Soldier and reside in the United States.
  • Stateside applicants must be full time students.
  • First undergraduate degrees only.
  • Active duty military personnel are not eligible. 

Overseas Spouse Education Assistance Program

  • Applicants must be a Spouse of an active duty Soldier assigned in Europe, Korea, Japan, or Okinawa.
  • Applicants must physically reside with the Soldier at the assigned location.
  • First undergraduate degrees only.
  • Off post students are not eligible.
  • Spouses may be part time or full time students. 

Major General James Ursano Scholarship Fund for Dependent Children

  • Dependent children, stepchildren, or legally adopted children of Army Soldiers on active duty, retired or deceased while in active duty or retired status. The children of Grey Area Reservists/National Guard are eligible as well. Scholarship awards will be awarded up to half the cost of tuition. Scholarship awards are based on financial need, as evidenced by income, assets, Family size, and special circumstances. Applications and instructions are available for all the scholarships on the AER website at www.aerhq.org

Resources & Forms

AER Headquarters Website

AER Forms

Donate to AER