Army Emergency Relief (AER)

Army Reserve: 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 3.7 million Soldiers and Family members with more than $1.9 billion in support. In 2017, AER processed over 43,000 cases, providing $69.7 million in no-interest loans and grants and awarded more than $8 million in scholarships to Spouses and Children of Soldiers.

Data will be updated when 2018 information is made available by AER.


Army Reserve Soldiers on drill status and their dependent Family members are NOT eligible for AER funds UNLESS the Soldier is on active duty for over 30 consecutive days (this applies to Soldiers 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:

Document Review Date: 29 April 2019