Air Force Aid Society helps families in need with bills, education, child care

Air Force Aid Society helps families in need with bills, education, child care

Since 1942, the Air Force Aid Society has helped Airmen and their families in times of need.

It may be for an everyday expense like a utility bill, something far more unexpected like the need to fly home for a family funeral, or a request for a special piece of medical equipment to improve the quality of life for a disabled child. Whether your emergency is big or small, AFAS is here to help — just like we did in 2014 when we provided over 18,000 emergency assists totaling $9.6 million.

In keeping with the vision of AFAS founders Gen. and Mrs. “Hap” Arnold, AFAS also offers a robust education program that helps Air Force dependent children and spouses achieve their dreams of attending college. Last year, we awarded 2,714 education grants of $2,200 each and 15 $5,000 merit scholarships to the children and spouses of Air Force members.

Base Community Programs make up the third prong of our charter. In 2014, AFAS provided $1.6 million in child-care programs, phone cards, baby gifts, car care and spouse initiatives — all designed to help alleviate some of the stresses associated with the military lifestyle.

Help us to continue the AFAS tradition of “Airman helping Airmen” with your donation to the Air Force Assistance Fund. You can be confident that every dollar supports a fellow Airman. Thank you for your support.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Air Force Assistance Fund is an annual effort to raise funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to our Air Force family in need (active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and our dependents, including surviving spouses). The charitable affiliate organizations provide support in an emergency, with educational needs or a secure retirement home for widows or widowers of our Air Force members in need of financial assistance. Hill’s Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs through April 10. Contact your unit representative to donate.

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