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 3.5 million Soldiers and Family members with more than $1.5B in support. In 2012, AER processed over 55,000 cases, providing $68.3 million in no-interest loans and grants and awarded more than $8.5 million in scholarships to 2,787 children of Soldiers and 1,230 spouses of Soldiers.