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Total COVID-19 Assistance Numbers:
1,000+ Soldiers, $2+ million disbursedView COVID-19 assistance bulletins & resources
I appreciate that the process was quick and explained thoroughly. I explained my situation and I was provided with the requirements to make sure my process was smooth. I love that the funds were deposited electronically, saving me the time of going to the bank.
What's Your Situation?
Active Duty affected by COVID-19
Title 10/32 affected by COVID-19
USAR & ARNG activated in response to COVID-19. Assistance for personal transportation and basic living expenses for the duration of activation plus 30 days after deactivation.Apply
Childcare, Remote Education, and Tutoring Assistance
Financial assistance for costs associated with childcare for working spouses and spouses pursuing employment and costs associated with remote education and tutoring support.Apply
Non-Title 10/32 SGLI, FSGLI, & TRICARE Assistance
Assistance for SGLI, FSGLI, or TRICARE insurance premiums for USAR and ARNG Soldiers affected by the cancelation of Battle Assembly or loss of income.Apply
Non-Title 10 affected by DOD Travel Ban
Assistance for non-Title 10 ARNG and USAR on a case-by-case basis when experiencing unusual financial hardship due to a canceled deployment or DOD travel ban.Apply
Dignified Storage of Remains
Active duty Soldiers, including Title 10 orders for more than 30 days and USAR/ARNG activated in support of COVID-19, who are experiencing a delay in funerals/burials.Apply
AER Closure / No Support Available
Civilian Federal Employees
The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) is the only nonproﬁt organization devoted to providing emergency ﬁnancial assistance to the civilian federal and postal public servants and their families.Visit FEEA Website
Frequently Asked Questions
Can my Spouse obtain AER assistance if I’m deployed or TDY?
Yes, a Spouse or other eligible dependent may seek AER assistance without their sponsor being present when the Soldier is unavailable.
Unavailable is defined as:
- When the Soldier is outside the same geographic area as the dependent due to TDY, field exercise, or deployment.
- When the Soldier is inside the same geographic area and determined by the chain of command that the Soldier will be unavailable to visit the local AER office in a timely manner to meet a valid emergency need.
- When the Retired Soldier is working outside the local/primary area where the Family resides, hospitalized, incarcerated or otherwise unavailable for a legitimate reason that would prevent them from requesting assistance.
Options for requesting assistance when the Soldier is unavailable:
- Special Power of Attorney (SPOA)
- Spouses or other authorized dependent must have a valid SPOA from their Sponsor granting them authority to act as the Sponsor’s attorney-in-fact to “establish, change, or stop allotments” as required by Financial Management Regulation DoD 7000.14-R, para 400803.
- Note: “A general power of attorney is not acceptable to establish, change or stop and allotment.” (FMR 7000.14-R, para 400803)
- Account Allotment and Authorization Form (AER Form 55)
- Allows Active Duty or Retired Soldiers to provide one-time authority for a Spouse or other eligible dependent to obtain financial assistance in the name of the Soldier when they are unavailable. Upon request, the AER Form 55 will can be initiated by the local AER Officer. The AER Officer will email the form directly to the Active Duty or Retired Soldier for signature on behalf of the eligible Family member.
- Email from the Active Duty Soldier’s .mil account stating they concur with the assistance, dollar amount and repayment
- Under no circumstance can a personal email account be used to provide concurrence.
Is there a dollar limit on AER Assistance?
Every request is unique and considered on an individual basis. There is no upper limit for AER support, however, the most common assistance we provide is $1,500 for a 15-month loan.
Some categories of assistance have dollar limits while other categories have requirements related to grants versus loans.
Do I have to contribute to AER to receive assistance?
No. All eligible requests will be considered regardless of prior contributions.