FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
The Airman and Family Readiness Center can provide one-on-one assistance with budget review, understanding credit reports and tailored briefings to meet the specific needs of an individual, family or unit. Appointments can be scheduled by contacting the Airman and Family Readiness Center at 301-981-7087 or you can speak with someone about upcoming financial workshops.
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) 301-981-7087

All Active Duty Air Force and Air National Guard/Air Force Reservists under Title 10 and/or Chapter 32 are eligible for Air Force Aid programs. Financial assistance is offered in the form of loans and grants for financial crisis including car repairs, travel to a funeral, medical assistance not covered by TRICARE and other short-term emergency needs. A first sergeant or commander referral is needed to receive financial assistance. Other Air Force Aid programs are:

- Bundles for Babies
- Education Grant Program
- Give Parents a Break
- Respite Care
- Child Care for Volunteers
- Car Care Because We Care


The following Air Force Aid Scenarios are included to assist commanders and unit leaders in referring members:

AUTO REPAIRS
- Have member fill out AFAS Form 2 (Bluish green AF Aid Application Form) Front & Back.
- Review form 2 for completeness and decide if situation warrants AFAS assistance or can they afford to pay for it themselves.
- If situation warrants AFAS assistance, contact the Airman and Family Readiness Center AFASO to make an appointment.
- Have member bring to appointment:
      - Most current End of Month LES
      - Completed AFAS Form 2 & first sergeant cover letter completed and signed by first sergeant
      - Copy of current vehicle registration stating vehicle is registered in member's name
      - Proof of current insurance covering vehicle named in registration
      - A print out from the garage or mechanic stating what the costs of repairs will be, preferably a firm figure
      - If cost of repairs is over $750 or seems unreasonably high, AFA may request an additional estimate, then two estimates will be required.

Remember, Air Force Aid assistance for Auto Repairs is not automatic. Having the repair work started before AF Aid assistance is approved is not recommended.


EMERGENCY LEAVE TRAVEL EXPENSES
Usually a call or Red Cross confirmation is required to verify the emergency leave situation; however, AFI guidance allows first sergeants or commanders to make the decision to allow a member to travel prior to actual receipt of Red Cross verification. AFAS only needs the first sergeant or commander to make the Emergency Leave determination. Once this is done, the member should make travel arrangements and make every attempt to get printed proof of the travel cost. Often the member can get a "bereavement fare" if the member can provide a funeral home's name and the estimated date of the funeral service. This fare is considerably lower than the typical short-notice fares.

After normal duty hours, cases should be referred to the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services Center at 1-877-272-7337. The AFESC will make travel arrangements or send funds to the member through Western Union, depending upon the need. Any calls to the AFESC should be coordinated with the First Sergeant so the chain of command is aware of the emergency situation.

The Air Force Aid Society uses AFI guidance for determining Emergency Leave support. If the ill family member was injured or died and was not an immediate family per the AFI definition, then AFAS assistance may be limited. As usual, each case will be determined on its own merit.


BASIC LIVING EXPENSES
Food - there is no reason anyone should go without food due to financial problems. Knowing what military personnel get paid and what the cost of living in the DC Metro area can be, Airman & Family Readiness Center, Air Force Aid and the Andrews Community Fund are in a position to provide assistance. For information, contact your first sergeant and/or commander.

Christmas and Thanksgiving - First sergeants, in conjunction with the Andrews Community Fund, run a holiday basket program during Thanksgiving and Christmas for Active Duty military families in need of food during the holidays. Baskets include a turkey with all the trimmings. Please contact your first sergeant for information on eligibility.

Shelter - many situations arise where the member may need assistance with rent or mortgage payments. Most of these are true emergencies but occasionally some arise from fiscal mismanagement. The first sergeant's role in these situations is to determine whether the need is an emergency. Air Force Aid is very strict about which situations they will support. Either way, the first sergeant will play a key role in deciding whether AFAS assistance can and will be provided.

Miscellaneous
- these types of expenses are the "catch all" of Basic Living Expenses. The typical request is a person wanting help with a $700 phone/cell phone bill or some other similar situation. AFAS has stated that they do not pay phone bills unless the phone is a "duty or medical necessity", both requiring "official" verification. What usually ends up being supported is food & lodging during emergency leaves or some other emergency situation.


EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Air Force Spouse Scholarships
Thirty $1000 scholarships are available each year for spouses of Air Force active duty, Air National Guard and Reserve members pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Application forms are available at the Education Service Center, Building 1413, Rm. 100; Monday -Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. & Friday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Applications must be mailed by October 30.

Military members

For information about commissioning programs, professional military education, educational opportunities, financial assistance programs and other educational services for military members, contact 301-981-6347 or e-mail 11mss.dpe@andrews.af.mil or at the Education Service Center.

Scholarships and Grants
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
- Free Scholarship Info
- Student Financial Aid Info 
- For children of Federal employees & military members 

Gen. Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program
The Air Force Aid Society sponsors a $2000 education grant program for spouses and children of active-duty, AF Reserve/Air National Guard on Title 10/Chapter 32 orders, retired and deceased Air Force members. Information and forms are available on the society's web site at Air Force Aid Society.

My Career Advancement Account
The Department of Defense is providing up to $6,000 in educational assistance through the My Career Advancement Account, to military spouses of Active Duty or Activated Guard and Reserve members on Title 10 orders. This money can be used for certifications, licensures or continuing/higher education. The goal is empower spouses with the ability to persue a portable career. Military One Source is providing the educational consulting and program enrollment. Visit  www.militaryonesource.com and visit MyCAA for program guidelines and registration information.


AIRMAN'S ATTIC
The Airman's Attic, open primarily, but not limited to, E-1 to E-5's, is located across from Chapel 3 in Bldg 1676. The attic is open Tuesday and Friday noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call 301-981-9665 or 301-981-5178.


THRIFT STORE
The Thrift Store is located on Brookley Avenue across from Chapel 3; co-located with Airmen's Attic in Bldg 1676. During the fall/winter months, the store is open for shopping on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and third Saturday. The shop is open for consignments on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 a.m. to - 1 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to noon on the first and third Saturday. During summer months, the shop is open on Monday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the first and third Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations can be placed inside the front door. Please bring only seasonal items that are clean and are in good repair. For more information, call 301-735-3533.


(Last updated August, 2010)