Army Emergency Relief (AER) was incorporated as a private nonprofit organization on 5 February 1942 for the purpose of collecting and holding funds to relieve distress of members of the Army and their dependents. The AER provides financial assistance to widows/widowers and orphans of deceased Regular Army personnel. Its primary mission is to provide financial assistance to Soldiers, Retirees, and their Families.
Through reciprocal agreements between AER and the other Military Aid Societies, Soldiers and their dependents have access to emergency financial assistance from AER through representatives from the Air Force Aid Society, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the American Red Cross at 908 locations around the world.
The Navy SEAL Foundation provides immediate and ongoing support and assistance to the Naval Special Warfare Community and its families. Established to serve U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare (NSW) support personnel, and their families, the Navy SEAL Foundation provides a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to reduce the stressors associated with the tremendous amount of uncertainty and pressure that comes with life in Naval Special Warfare (NSW).
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, there has been an unprecedented demand for Special Operations Forces around the globe. SEALs spend up to 270 days away from home each year in the most unforgiving environments and training at an unrelenting pace in order to maintain their ability to execute our nation’s toughest military missions. Their commitment to our country and the mission is only possible because of the significant personal sacrifices made by their families.