Under AR 930-4, Army Emergency Relief provides EMERGENCY financial assistance in the form of a non-interest bearing loan, grant, or a combination of the two.

We are located on Fort Buchanan in the ACS.

ARMY EMERGENCY RELIEF - Home Schooling Assistance Program guidance for eligible Soldiers with dependents in grades K thru 12th   ***UPDATE***

This AER Bulletin provides updated guidance on the AER Home School Assistance Program. This special category of assistance is intended to assist parents of children who were affected by a COVID-19 school closure on or after 1 March 2020 and those who have selected the home-school, virtual/distance learning or hybrid program options for the upcoming school year (AY2020/2021). Additionally, this guidance expands assistance to parents who were home schooling their children in grades K thru 12th prior to the COVID pandemic crisis in academic school years 2019/2020/2021.  Eligible: Active Duty Soldiers, U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) and Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers on continuous Active Duty orders for 30 consecutive days or more under Title 10, Retired Soldiers, Medically Retired Soldiers, Survivors and USAR and ARNG Soldiers (Title 10 / Title 32) in support of COVID-19 operations with dependents in grades K thru 12th.
For information:


Please bring the following for your visit:

  • Military ID Card
  • Leave and Earnings Statement
  • Leave/PCS Orders
  • Substantiating Documents (e.g. Car repair estimate, rental agreement, utility bill)
  • Refer to the areas of assistance below for the required forms

Areas of Assistance

Required Forms

Who Does AER Assist?

  • Soldiers on extended active duty and their dependents.
  • Members of the Reserve Components of the Army (Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve) on continuous active duty for more than 30 days and their dependents. (This applies to soldiers on AD for training (ADT) or serving under various sections of title 10, United States Code).
  • Soldiers retired from active duty because of longevity or physical disability, or retired upon reaching age 60 (Reserve Components) and their dependents.
  • Widows/Widowers and orphans of soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired.

AER cannot assist with:

  • Help pay for non-essentials.
  • Finance ordinary leave or vacation.
  • Pay fines or legal expenses.
  • Help liquidate or consolidate debt.
  • Assist with house purchase or home improvements.
  • Help purchase, rent, or lease a vehicle.
  • Cover bad checks.
  • Pay credit card bills.
  • Funds to replace those overdrawn from bank account.

Spousal Assistance

  • Spouses may receive financial assistance; however, they must be geographically separated and possess a Power of Attorney, Military ID card and provide substantiating documents (eg. car repair estimate, rental agreement, utility bill).

What kind of assistance is given?

  • Assistance may be provided in the form of a non-interest bearing loan, a grant (an outright gift of funds) if repayment of loan will cause undue hardship or a combination of the two. Should a loan be given, it will be prorated from the Soldier’s military pay. It is always best to discuss the payment plan with an AER representative.

Is there a dollar limit on AER assistance?

  • No. AER assistance will meet your emergency need.

Where does AER receive its funding?

  • Voluntary contributions from active and retired soldiers.
  • Repayment of AER interest-free loans.
  • Income from investments.
  • Unsolicited contributions.

Should you need emergency assistance after duty hours, on weekends, or when ACS is closed contact: