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Army Emergency Relief campaign kicks off March 2

By 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Feb. 8, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas —

The 2018 Army Emergency Relief, or AER, kick-off campaign take place from 2:45-4 p.m. March 2 at the Fort Sam Houston Theater, 2472 Stanley Road, at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

 

The guest speaker will be Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commanding general of U.S. Army North (Fifth Army).  Following the campaign kickoff, a reception will be held in the Fort Sam Houston Theater lobby.  All Soldiers and their families are invited to attend.

 

This year, AER celebrates its 76th Anniversary of dedication to “Soldiers Helping Soldiers” by providing Soldiers and their Families assistance for a wide variety of financial situations with no interest loans or grants. 

 

The AER mission it is to provide financial assistance to Army Soldiers in times of valid emergency need.  Last year, AER provided JBSA-Fort Sam Houston Soldiers and their families with more that $1 million in assistance ($1,006,972.32), a 54 percent increase locally.  

 

In 2017, the community donated $159,701.45, an increase of 16 percent over the previous year, beating the annual goal of $150,000.

 

For more information on the AER campaign or assistance programs, contact the Installation Army Emergency Relief office at 210-221-1612.