Army Emergency Relief is the U.S. Army's own nonprofit organization dedicated to alleviating financial distress on the force. AER provides grants and zero-interest loans to Active Duty and Retired Soldiers and their Families. Over 4 million Soldiers supported since 1942. AER officers are conveniently located at installations around the world. Visit to learn more.


Who is Eligible?

  • Active-duty Soldiers, single or married, and their Family members.
  • Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers on continuous active duty for more than 30 days and their Family members (Title 10, USC).
  • Soldiers retired from active duty for longevity or physical disability, and their Family members.
  • Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers who retired at age 60, and their Family members.
  • Surviving spouses and orphans of Soldiers who died while on active duty or after they retired.


What Can AER DO?

  • Help with emergency/financial needs for:
  • Food, rent or utilities.
  • Emergency travel
  • Vehicle repair
  • Vehicle Insurance or Deductible
  • Vehicle Payment or Repossession
  • Assistance for Survivors
  • Assistance for Retirees
  • Pet transportation to and from Korea
  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical/dental expenses
  • Scholarship Opportunities (for Dependents Only):
    • Dependent Children Scholarship Program
    • Spouse Scholarship Assistance Program


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.


Start Your Application:

To begin the application process, click on the type of assistance you are requesting below and complete the required forms. Forms should be emailed or delivered to Ms. Lana Edwards, contact information below.
(Emailed forms should be sent encrypted from a government computer. If sent from a non-encrypted email you risk compromising your personal information.)

To start the application process or if you have any questions regarding the AER program, contact Ms. Lana Edwards:

Ms. Lana Edwards
Army Emergency Relief Program Manager
USAG Daegu, South Korea
Camp Walker, BLDG 330, Rm 220
DSN: 315-763-4496 or Comm: 0503-363-4496