Where He Belongs

Where He Belongs

An Airman feels at home with his Air Force family. Airman Patrick Moore joined the Air Force less than a year ago for the educational benefits. In that short amount of time, Amn Moore has felt what it’s like to be part of a family that helps each other out..

A Full College Experience

A Full College Experience

Education grants from AFAS allowed an Airman’s daughter to enjoy all aspects of college life. Lieutenant Colonel Linda Davis’s father was her role model, serving in the Air Force for 26 years. “The service, pride and purpose that runs deep in him carried over to me,” she explains..

Overcoming the Unexpected

Overcoming the Unexpected

After a fire destroyed their lodging, AFAS helped a group of Airmen.
Major Brenden Westin joined the Air Force out of a desire to continue his family’s legacy of service. He also wanted an interesting career outside of the regular business world. With 14 years..

Adventure Chairs for Adventurous Kids

Adventure Chairs for Adventurous Kids

An Airman can go on new adventures with his children thanks to AFAS.
Over the course of his 19 years of service, Master Sergeant Jared Graham has met so many people and made lifetime friends. When he..

A Final Visit

A Final Visit

AFAS allows an Airman’s kids to visit their grandfather one last time Staff Sergeant Sean Patrick Laviscount joined the Air Force in 2013. He was supporting himself and his siblings while going to school and working a minimum wage job. Feeling small, he wanted to be a part of something bigger than himself. SSgt Laviscount knew he would find what he was looking for as an Airman. Over the years, SSgt Laviscount has progressed in his career and also has grown his family. He and his wife welcomed their third child this past November. Unfortunately, a few months before his youngest son was born, SSgt Laviscount’s father-in-law, Peter, received a devastating stage four lung cancer diagnosis. Peter loved being a grandparent and visited the family when he could. Peter wanted to meet his newest grandson, but his condition declined quickly. The doctors told Peter he only had six months left. During this time, the Laviscounts received PCS orders to Lackland Air Force Base. Preparing for the move, the family of six had just finished paying off their debts. SSgt Laviscount didn’t have extra money for an unplanned trip. Suddenly Peter’s condition deteriorated, and he headed for hospice. SSgt Laviscount was able to secure emergency leave, but he needed help with the unexpected expenses. He turned to the Air Force Aid

A Dream Within Her Reach

A Dream Within Her Reach

The daughter of an Airman attends her dream college with help from AFAS Colonel Brandon McDonald comes from a long line of family members who have served their country, including his parents, his grandfather, and cousins. Col McDonald has served in the Air Force for 22 years. “My time serving has meant everything to myself and my family,” Col McDonald says. “We show so much pride in our country and our service.” Col McDonald is also proud of the programs and support that the Air Force provides to Airmen and their families, which recently helped his daughter, Jayden, who was accepted into Columbia University this past spring. Jayden enrolled at her top choice school, but the cost of tuition, room and board, and school materials began to add up fast. “In order to comfortably maintain my enrollment,” Jayden explains, “my family and I began looking for many options to help finance my higher education.” This is when Jayden discovered the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS). AFAS offers different types of assistance to Airmen and Guardians in need, including emergency assistance and community programs. AFAS also provides educational support for dependent children and spouses of active duty and retired Airmen and Guardians in their pursuit of higher education with grants, scholarships, and loans. Jayden received the Lieutenant General John D. Hopper