Army Emergency Relief (AER)

Army National Guard: State Active Duty

Benefit Fact Sheet


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 Surviving Spouses and offers undergraduate scholarships to Spouses and Children of both active and retired Soldiers. Established in 1942, AER has assisted more than 4 million Soldiers and Family members with more than $2 billion in support. On an annual basis, AER provides over $50 million in Zero-Interest Loans and $10 million in grants to more than 45,000 Soldiers, and another $10 million in educational scholarships for Army Spouses and Children.

Expanded Eligibility to Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers Activated in Support of COVID-19 Relief Efforts:
Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers that are activated in response to COVID-19 are eligible for financial assistance from Army Emergency Relief (AER) for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and food, and personal transportation costs such as car payments, auto insurance, and fuel. Soldiers remain eligible for the duration of their activation, plus an additional 30 days after deactivation. This enhancement to AER marks a significant change in policy for eligibility of Reserve component Soldiers. Under normal eligibility, Army National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers must be activated under Title 10 orders for greater than 30 days. However, the new eligibility requirements allow for any Soldier activated under Title 10 or Title 32 orders (in response to COVID-19) to receive AER assistance, regardless of the length of their activation.

COVID-19 - Expanded Assistance for USAR & ARNG (Bulletin 05-2020-1) 


Army National Guard Soldiers on state active duty (Title 32, U.S.C.) are NOT eligible to receive AER funds.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Army Emergency Relief webpage maintained by Headquarters, Army Emergency Relief:

Army Regulation 930–4: Army Emergency Relief:

Document Review Date: 23 April 2021