Army Emergency Relief (AER)

Army National Guard: Drilling

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 financial assistance, including $1 billion since 9/11. AER provided $44.8 million in loans and grants to almost 26,000 Soldiers and families in 2021.

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) 

AER Offers Assistance for Shipping Infant Formula

The infant formula shortage in the U.S. has received widespread national attention, and AER stands ready to assist. While TRICARE will cover formulas and vitamins for infant enrollees with metabolic disorders, it will not cover regular baby formula for otherwise healthy infants. AER Officers at U.S. Army installations will assist eligible Soldiers and Families as necessary to validate shipping cost expenses.

Those eligible for formula shipping assistance are:

  • Soldiers on Active Duty and their eligible Family Members;
  • Soldiers Retired from Active Duty because of longevity and their eligible Family Members;
  • Retired Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers receiving retired pay and their Family Members;
  • Medically Retired Soldiers and their dependents, including both those placed on the Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL) or Temporary Disability Retirement List (TDRL);
  • Surviving Spouses and Children of Soldiers who died while on Active Duty (including those on Title 10 Orders) or in an eligible Retired status;
  • Members of the Reserve Component of the Army (National Guard and Army Reserve under Title 10 U.S.C) on continuous Active Duty for more than thirty (30) consecutive days and their eligible Family Members.

To find out more, contact your local AER Officer, fill out our Contact Us form or check out the Infant Formula Shipping Assistance Bulletin


Army National Guard Soldiers on drill status are NOT eligible for AER funds UNLESS they are on active duty for over 30 continuous days (on active duty for training (ADT) and serving under various sections of Title 10, United States Code).

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: 22 April 2022