Zero interest loans and grants
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 Jackson in the ACS Building, 9810 Lee Road. Please call (803)751-5256 for specific guidance on how to apply for AER assistance.
- Soldiers on active duty and their dependents.
- Members of the Reserve Components of the Army (Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve) on Title 10 orders for more than 30 days and their eligible dependents
- Soldiers retired for longevity, medical, or upon reaching age 60 (Reserve component) and their eligible dependents
- Surviving spouses who have not remarried and children of Soldiers who died on active duty or died after reaching retirement eligibility.
Categories of Assistance
- Emergency Travel
- Mortgage, Rent, Initial Deposit
- Healthcare (not covered by TRICARE)
- Vehicle Costs (Payment, Repairs and Insurance)
- Funeral Expenses
- Basic Essential Furniture
- Minor Home Repairs
- Cranial Helmets
Required documents may consist of:
- 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
Spouses and/or dependents may receive financial assistance; however, they must be geographically separated and possess a Special Power of Attorney, Miltiary ID card and provide substantiating documents (i.e., car repair estimate, rental agreement, utility bill, etc.)
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.
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.
Company Commander First Sergeant Quick Assist - Company Commanders or First Sergeants can approve financial assistance up to $2,000. Assistance under this program will require the signature of the Commander or First Sergeant.
Survivor Assistance - Surviving spouses and children of active and retired Soldiers are eligible for financial assistance. Assistance is provided as a grant for an individual request. Monthly stipends may be provided for the most destitute.
Educational Scholarships - Spouses and children of active and retired Soldiers are eligible for educational scholarship programs. AER provides over $8 million in educational scholarships every year.