Army Emergency Relief (AER)
Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private, nonprofit organization that was created to help Soldiers and their Family members who experience financial emergencies. AER provides funds to help Soldiers with immediate financial needs with rent, utilities, emergency travel, etc. AER also provides emergency funds to Soldiers' orphans and Widows and offers undergraduate scholarships to Spouses and Children of both active and retired Soldiers. Established in 1942, AER has assisted more than 3.6 million Soldiers and Family members with more than $1.6 billion in support. In 2013, AER processed over 49,000 cases, providing $64.8 million in no-interest loans and grants and awarded more than $7.5 million in scholarships to 3,481 Children of Soldiers and 1,148 Spouses of Soldiers.