Army Emergency Relief can connect you with help – even if you’re not in the Army.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance all work together to provide no-interest loans, grants and other supporting programs to eligible Soldiers and their Families.
While each military branch has its own relief society, they all have reciprocal agreements with each other that allow them to increase their reach of assistance. This means if you are not located near your branch’s relief center, you or your immediate Family member may visit any other service relief society to request assistance and they’ll make sure you get the help you need.
Also included in this agreement is the American Red Cross, which can be reached on the chance you are not within 50 miles of any aid society at 1-877-272-7337. TIP: You can find out where the closest relief society is to you and their contact information through our Office Locator.
In addition to the long-term reciprocal agreements with each other, the relief societies also meet quarterly to discuss topics and trends that have an impact on all. Through this discussion, they can better understand the needs of our service members and establish methods of assistance.
If you are ever in need, please reach out to your nearest relief society. They’re ready to listen and suggest options to bring you needed relief. From academic scholarships for Military Children & Spouses to assistance grants that help you replace that broken A/C, the relief societies are here to help.
You can learn more about what each military aid society offers to their service members on their websites:
If you don’t see your need on the website, don’t give up! The relief societies encourage Soldiers and Families to #JustAsk. As Army Emergency Relief Director LTG (R) Raymond V. Mason always says, “If you’ve got a financial challenge, come to AER. 99.9% of the Soldiers that come to AER, walk out of AER with some level of assistance.”