Army Emergency Relief began its annual fundraising campaign for 2020 during a kickoff event March 4 on Clay Kaserne.
This year’s AER campaign theme is, “A Hand Up for Soldiers. It’s What We Do.”
Funds raised provide assistance to Soldiers and family members. AER provides interest-free loans, grants and scholarships for Soldiers, retired Soldiers and their families. It helps pay for things such as emergency travel, health care expenses, food purchases, rent or mortgage, minor home repairs and other expenses.
“As a garrison commander, I’ve been able to see AER in action and impact people’s lives,” said Col. Noah Cloud, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden commander, at the event.
“I’ve seen families who have children with disabilities who are struggling with care because they needed something — a piece of equipment, a bed that accommodated a special requirement — and they just couldn’t afford it so they were just going without it. They ran across someone who suggested they go talk to AER, and it was really life-changing for the family.”
AER is 100% focused on financial readiness, said Michael Vetter, USAG Wiesbaden AER officer.
“It’s really about Soldiers helping Soldiers, giving each other a hand when they need it and knowing they’re there for each other during good times and bad.”
A 5k fun run is scheduled for 6:15 p.m. May 7 at the fitness center.
For more information, go to wiesbaden.armymwr.com or call (0611)143-548-9201.