(Fort Leonard Wood)–Fort Leonard Wood’s annual Army Emergency Relief fundraising and awareness campaign has restarted and will run through the end of July.
This year marks the 78th anniversary of the Army’s non-profit relief organization, which has provided more than $2 billion to Soldiers, retirees and family members since 1942.
According to Fort Leonard Wood AER Officer Chuck Matthews, a variety of help is available to active-duty Soldiers, retirees and family members in times of need. These include expenses related to emergency travel, natural disaster preparation and evacuation, mortgages, rent and initial housing deposits, temporary lodging, food, healthcare not covered by Tricare, vehicle repairs, utilities, funerals, basic essential furniture, spousal relicensing or recertification, child care, appliance replacement, cranial helmets, permanent change of station travel, child car seats, dental care for dependents, minor home repairs, non-medical attendant travel, invitational travel orders, clothing, immigration and passport fees for dependents, and special needs medical equipment. AER provided $795,732 in 657 loans and grants to Fort Leonard Wood Soldiers in 2019, as well as 122 educational scholarships worth $145,803 to 68 children and 54 spouses on post. For more information on how to donate, call 573.596.2595 or 0212. To request AER assistance, call 573.596.3154 or 0212.