Assistance from AFAS gave an Airman peace during a stressful time

Technical Sergeant Dalia Burns joined the Air Force 13 years ago to secure a better future. She has been extremely grateful for her years of service and has appreciated the support she has received from her Air Force family.  

When unexpected emergencies arise, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) provides no-interest loans and grants to help meet the immediate needs of Air Force and Space Force families. TSgt Burns became aware of the support and programs that AFAS offers through her First Sergeant.   

When her mother unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest and was in critical condition, TSgt Burns needed financial assistance. “I didn’t have the funds to stay in a hotel, and I had contemplated sleeping in my car…I couldn’t stay in the hospital because my mother was in a restricted area due to her critical condition,” TSgt Burns recalls.

The financial assistance she received from AFAS gave her mental peace and relieved her stress level. “I was losing hope until I got approved for the assistance,” says TSgt Burns.

Unfortunately, TSgt Burns’s mother passed away in July of 2022. “I miss her every day, but I know she is at peace and in heaven,” says TSgt Burns. “She knew the mutual love and support of my Air Force family during times of need and was extremely proud of me serving in the Air Force,” she says.

TSgt Burns is thankful for the aid she received from AFAS and encourages others to consider donating to the Society. “I will forever be grateful, and this is my motivation to give back and to continue to serve,” she says.

Incorporated in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society continues to meet the unique needs of Airmen and Guardians. AFAS works to support and enhance the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force missions by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support, and community programs to Air Force and Space Force families. In 2022, AFAS provided over $12.5 million in aid to more than 17,000 Air Force and Space Force families. Visit to learn more, apply for assistance, or to donate.