The JBM-HH’s AER Campaign kicks off Monday and ends May 15. Photo courtesy of Fort Lee
Joint base kicks off annual AER campaign
On Monday, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall will kick off its annual Army Emergency Relief campaign that will end May 15.
Trina Reliford, the JBM-HH AER officer, said AER is a private, nonprofit organization that was established in 1942 to aid Soldiers and their Family members in emergency financial situations due to no fault of their own. Financial help is given in the form of an interest-free loan, grant, or combination of the two. Loans are repaid by military pay allotment.
According to AER, the annual campaign is conducted from March 1 through May 15 each year in order to increase Soldier awareness of the benefit as well as to offer Soldiers the opportunity to help their fellow Soldiers by donating to AER.
Reliford said active duty Soldiers and retirees can donate through an allotment and everyone else can donate on the AER website at www.armyemergencyrelief.org. She pointed out that when using the website a person needs to use section code 08076 so the joint base receives credit for the donation. Donations can also be made by mailing a check to AER headquarters at AER 2530 Crystal Dr., Suite 13161, Arlington, VA 22202.
Reliford said the requirements for receiving an AER loan or grant haven’t changed.
“(Soldiers can receive a loan or grant) during financial hardship, emergency travel, funeral expenses for their dependent, vehicle repairs, food, rent/mortgages and utilities,” explained Reliford.
Although some people have experienced financial hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic, Reliford said the joint base community has been fortunate and there hasn’t been an impact to military Families.
Reliford said if a Family has a financial need, the Soldier should call (703) 696-8435. She said if there isn’t an answer, please leave a message and she will return the call by the end of that same day. AER is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reliford added that documentation is required to justify the dollar amount.
“Your support is highly appreciated and thank you for helping Soldiers take care of Soldiers,” Reliford said.
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