The Army Emergency Relief Program: 10 Things You Should Know

The Army Emergency Relief program is a benefit association devoted to giving financial help to soldiers and their families.

AER’s motivation is to gather and hold assets to be utilized by soldiers and their qualified relatives should a substantial budgetary crisis occurs. The emergencies are conditions that emerge abruptly, are unexpected, critical, and result in help needed.

Travel costs, food, and housing in view of a passing or genuine sickness in the soldier’s or spouse’s family are only a couple of illustrations. Officer’s decisions in regards to budgetary help must be inside the arrangements and rules built up by the AER.

AER typically does not give help when a soldier’s compensation is being docked for child support, relinquishment’s of pay and fines because of bad behavior (UCMJ), routine doctor’s visit expenses, and rental autos, etc….

Here are:

The Army Emergency Relief Program

1: Ordinary Leave under Other Situations

There are many cases where, in the officer’s feeling, a crisis exists however; the circumstance does not meet the Army Criteria for allowing crisis leave. Circumstances may include a grandparent, close relative, uncle, cousin, niece, or nephew has passed or is in dire medical condition. At the point when a commander perceives such a circumstance exists, he/she can approve AER relief..

2: Death in Immediate Family of Soldier or Spouse

In case of the death of an immediate family member, AER will help with immediate travel vouchers, as well as food and lodging for the soldier.

3: Transportation for Soldier and Spouse for Emergency

In case of a major medical emergency for soldier, spouse or children, AER can and will arrange transportation to the proper medical facilities.

4: Travel Assistance For Entire Family

If travel is required by any members of the soldier’s family and financial hardship may arise from the situation, AER may be able to help. The soldier would just need to ask.

5: Parenthood Leave

With all phases of paternity, AER is there to help assist with transportation to and from medical care.

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6: AER Assists Soldiers in Additional Circumstances

When outrageous costs arise because of unforeseen events for military personnel or their families, the Army Emergency Relief Program may be able to help. It is a case-by-case basis.

7: Lost or Stolen Funds

There are a variety of circumstances that can arise…

  • a mistake in pay disbursement

  • or possibly a theft of money

  • etc…

Again, it is a case-by-case basis. But, if you had a loss of money you can apply for AER relief.

8: Restorative and Hospital Payments

When insurance carriers do not cover certain medical costs, such as needed machinery or surgical requirements, AER may be able to “kick in” and make the needed devices or help available to the soldier or his/her family.

9: Memorial Service Expenses

When a person dies in the family, there are many expenses. AER helps military personnel who have suffered the death of a loved one with Memorial Service expenses.

10: Crisis Travel Expenses

It was mentioned at the start of this post… No matter what the crisis is, AER can help the soldier and/or family travel without adding a financial burden.

If you have a death of a loved one who is not immediate family, I suggest you approach your Commander and see if you are eligible for AER relief.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, the Army Emergency Relief program does a lot of good to help soldiers in need. It’s by no means perfect, but it has made a big difference for distressed soldiers.

What are your thoughts? Have you ever been helped by the Army Emergency Relief program? If so, leave a comment below to share your story. Thank you.

chuck holmes

Chuck Holmes
Former Army Major (resigned)

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