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Army Community Service


Army Emergency Relief (AER)

Address: 830 Chisholm Ave. Fort Meade, MD 20755
Telephone: 301-677-5590
Fax: 301-677-2910
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Army Emergency Relief Application Packet

pdf Click here to download AER Application Packet

*** In order to reduce customer wait times and improve overall service delivery, Army Emergency Relief (AER) customers will now be seen by appointment. It is very important that customers come prepared or they will have to be rescheduled.  This packet provides detailed information on what is required in order to request AER assistance.


Important updates:  Service members in the Rank of E-7, WO3, O3 and above no longer required Commander/1SGT approval on loan applications.

Army Emergency Relief offers two scholarship programs: 

The Spouse Education Assistance Program provides scholarships for Spouses of Army Soldiers. Funds are available for Spouses pursuing their first undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university.

MG James Ursano Scholarship Program provides scholarships for Children of Army Soldiers.  (Includes Active, Retired and Deceased.)  Funds are available for Children who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university.

Scholarship Timeline:  Applications and information are available on AER’s website the first week of January at www.aerhq.org.

For more information please call 301-677-5590.

When the numbers just won’t crunch,
you don’t have to think too much;
Call Army Emergency Relief, when finances give you grief!

AER is “Soldiers Helping Soldiers” in times of unexpected, unplanned, unanticipated emergency.  The AER Office provides emergency financial assistance to Soldiers, both active and retired, and to Reservists and Guard activated under Title 10 for 30 days or more.  That assistance extends to their Family Members, with the Soldier’s consent, and also to Widows and Orphans.

Assistance is evaluated on a case by case basis but all should conform to the governing regulation which is AR 930-4.  AER will consider cases in the following areas:

  • Non-Receipt of Pay
  • Loss of Funds
  • Medical, Dental and Hospital expenses
  • Funeral Expenses
  • Emergency Travel Expenses
  • Food
  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • POV Repair and Maintenance

Just complete the application and have your unit Commander or 1SGT sign
application.  Call our office for an appointment: 301-677-5590/4116/5768.
Please bring your supporting documentation of the emergency.


Financial Emergency Assistance for Reservist and National Guard

Eligibility: Must be on full time deployment or recently returned from deployment to a combat zone or homeland security position.

Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund

Please note: in order to receive a loan, applicant must have been employed with the federal government for one year or longer.






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