About AER

Providing a hand-up for Soldiers since 1942

The Army's own nonprofit organization

Army Emergency Relief was founded in 1942 by Secretary of War Henry Stimson and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Marshall. Charged with relieving undue financial stress on the force, AER had serves the enduring priorities of the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army.

Since 1942, AER has provided $2 billion to nearly 4 million Soldiers, including $1 billion since 9/11. Through zero-interest loans, grants, and educational scholarships, AER ensures no Soldier faces financial hardship on their own.

  • $2 Billion

    Assistance provided since 1942
  • $1 Billion

    Assistance provided since 9/11
  • 4 Million

    Soldiers received assistance since 1942
  • A Brief History of The Army and AER
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