A grant from AFAS allows an Airman to purchase resources for his son

Master Sergeant Christopher Kelley joined the U.S. Air Force with hopes of being able to take care of his family while also having the ability to pursue his education. He has served in the U.S. Air Force for 18 years and has supported the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) throughout his military career.

“Serving in the Air Force has been such a blessing for my family and me; we have been able to travel the world,” says MSgt Kelley.

In response to the pandemic, AFAS developed the Virtual Schooling Grant to help Air Force families with expenses by providing $250 to offset virtual schooling costs for dependents in grades K through 12.

MSgt Kelley applied and received the grant. He used the funds to purchase essential school supplies for his son that he and his wife hadn’t budgeted for and were now faced with buying to accommodate his son’s new online environment. “By not having to stretch our budget to purchase unexpected school supplies, it took the financial burden off our shoulders and enabled a seamless transition,” he says.

“No matter your rank or current status, never be afraid or ashamed to utilize resources such as AFAS as they are designed to help you and your family members,” says MSgt Kelley.

The AFAS grant has helped Kelley’s son excel in his online class. He says, “As a supporter for several years, your contributions have impacted many lives greatly. It’s with the support of great people like yourselves that Airmen and their families are helped in tough times.”

The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force and has been meeting the unique needs of Airmen and their families since 1942. AFAS works to support and enhance the USAF mission by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support, and community programs.  Since 2008, AFAS has provided more than $215 million in direct support to Air Force families. Visit www.afas.org to learn more, apply for assistance or to donate.