Army Emergency Relief (AER) recently announced the addition of several new categories that are now eligible for assistance. New categories include family member dental care, basic furniture needs, rental vehicles and replacement vehicles.
“We have been seeing increased numbers of these types of requests,” said retired Sgt. Maj. Dennis Scott, Chief of AER’s assistance division. “Previously, we’ve processed some cases with mitigating circumstances as an exception to policy. With this change we’ll be able to assist additional Soldiers and their families much more efficiently.”
Family dental care is not available for families located in the United States. This can put a significant financial burden on Soldiers. Dental Care eligible for AER assistance includes diagnosis, fillings, crowns, root canals, extractions, sealants and emergency care to alleviate pain. Assistance will be limited to no more than $4ooo per case.
Basic furniture needs include beds, cribs, sofas, chairs and tables. The intent is to assist those Soldiers and families establishing a household when the quarters have no furniture. Additionally, this category would be eligible to Soldiers who lost their furniture as a result of a natural disaster. Assistance will be limited to no more than $4000.
Assistance for a rental vehicle is intended to help those Soldiers on emergency leave, or waiting for the repair of a primary vehicle. The rental period would normally be seven to ten days.
Assistance for a replacement vehicle is intended to help Soldiers when the cost to repair their current vehicle is greater than the vehicle’s value. Assistance will be limited to not more than $4000.
“We believe that by adding these additional categories, AER can take a more proactive role in caring for Soldiers and their families during a critical time in their lives,” added Scott. In the past 2 years AER has implemented a total of 9 new categories in an effort to be more responsive to the changing needs of today’s Soldiers.
Army Emergency Relief is a private non-profit organization dedicated to providing financial assistance to Soldiers, active and retired, and their Families. Since its incorporation in 1942, AER has provided more than $1.3 billion to more than 3.3 million Soldiers, Families and Retirees.