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NEWS | April 3, 2024

Airmen Helping Airmen: Air Force Assistance Fund ongoing through May 10

502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The annual Air Force Assistance Fund, or AFAF, campaign provides an opportunity to help fellow Airmen and Guardians when they need it most.

The 2024 Campaign runs through May 10, but e-Giving donations may be made at any time by clicking on the “DONATE NOW!!” button on the Air Force Assistance Fund website at https://www.afassistancefund.org/index.php/donate.

The AFAF campaign supports four charities that are dedicated to caring for Airmen from induction through retirement and beyond.

The four charities are the Air Force Aid Society, the Gen. and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, and the Air Force Enlisted Village. These aren't charities that were part of the Combined Federal Campaign.

The Air Force Aid Society is well-known to many Airmen for their emergency assistance, educational support and community programs to Air Force families, and as usual, AFAS has stepped in to assist many Air Force families who are facing financial challenges because of COVID-19 causing spouse unemployment and stop-movement orders.

The Gen. & Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation has provided a “One Time Relief Grant” to each of their widows. The Chief Operating Officer said that they realize our retirees will need additional funds to offset the costs of home deliveries of groceries and medical prescription needs.

The Air Force Enlisted Village provides senior living services for Air Force surviving spouses.  AFEV is doing everything possible to protect its residents from the coronavirus including increasing staff to ensure residents’ safety.

The Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, or AFVCF, is home to widowed spouses who can no longer support themselves, through no fault of their own.  AFVCF is also providing extra protection for this vulnerable population through their entire continuum of healthcare.

They are an example of Air and Space Force people taking care of their own – Airmen helping Airmen. The annual campaign demonstrates that “Airmen Take Care of Our Own!”

For tax purposes, 100% of contributions are passed to the designated charity. Contributions to the campaign are deductible for Federal Income Tax purposes as an itemized deduction. The IRS requires donors to obtain a receipt for any single contribution of $250 or more.

According to the AFAF website, donations made through payroll deduction each paycheck are regarded as a separate payment and a separate receipt is not required. Contributors may obtain a receipt for payroll deduction or cash contributions made to an authorized Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign keyworker by asking

for the receipt portion of the contributions form (AF Form 2561). Donors making check or money order contributions of $250 or more directly to HQ AFPC (via postal mail) will receive a signed receipt (letter) for tax purposes no later than Jan. 31.  Donors contributing $250 or more made directly to any of the Air Force Assistance Fund charities may request a receipt for tax purposes.

For more information, visit https://www.afassistancefund.org/. Go to https://www.afassistancefund.org/index.php/donate to use the new e-Giving platform to give via credit card, debit card, or e-Check.

The Joint Base San Antonio AFAF Installation Project Officer is 2nd Lt. Faith Powers at faith.powers.1@us.af.mil if you need assistance.