• The 2023 Annual Campaign kicks off March 1 and goes through May 15. Listen to Gen. James C. McConville, 40th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, talk about the significance of AER and why you should donate.
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Official Nonprofit of the U.S. Army

Soldiers Helping Soldiers Since 1942

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AER’s Mission

To provide grants, interest-free loans and scholarships to promote readiness and help relieve financial distress of Soldiers and their Families.


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From the Chairman

“Army Emergency Relief has always been an important tool for commanders. In my nearly 40 years of service, I repeatedly witnessed the impact Army leaders had on their Soldiers’ lives by sending them to their AER office for financial assistance.

AER provided $44.8 million in loans and grants to almost 26,000 Soldiers and families in 2021. This incredible amount of assistance was possible due to the support of our generous donors. Since our founding in 1942, this organization has relied on the camaraderie and generosity that exists between our men and women in uniform.”

—Retired Gen. John F. Campbell, AER Chairman

You can make a difference.

Contributing to AER is the most direct way to help Soldiers.

Donations are tax-deductible and 91 cents of every dollar donated goes straight to Soldiers and Families in need.

  • 4 Million

    Soldiers assisted since 1942
  • $2 Billion

    Assistance provided since 1942
  • $1 Billion

    Assistance provided since 9/11
  • A Brief History of AER