AFAS helps a retired Airman navigate a challenging financial emergency far from home. Technical Sergeant Deborah Cowdrey grew up in a family that believed in service to one’s country. “I remember hearing President Kennedy’s famous words ‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’ as a child, and that always stayed with me,” shares Tsgt Cowdrey. That desire to serve her country, as well as her dreams to travel and receive a quality education led her to the U.S. Air Force (USAF).
Faced with an unexpected major surgical procedure and given only 13 days to prepare for it, SrA Erin Carr really wanted her mom to be with her through the procedure and recovery. Without the budget to cover a plane ticket for her mom, she turned to the Society for help in the form of a no-interest loan. “I was completely relieved and felt more comfortable going through with the surgery because my mom would be here,” shares Carr. “I can’t imagine getting through that experience without my mom by my side.”
AFAS provided a grant to Lt Tasha Cardinal (now a Captain) to help pay for a plane ticket home after the sudden death of her father. “Worrying about my dad’s finances was difficult enough when we were trying to grieve his loss and come to terms with him not being here anymore,” recalls Cardinal. Fortunately, the Society eased some of the stress, making a difficult time just a bit easier.
When an unexpected financial need arose for his family, TSgt Hank Hale remembered hearing about the Air Force Aid Society back at his first duty base. He visited his current Airman & Family Readiness Center to discuss his options and he left with a no-interest loan to help. Says TSgt Hale, “There are no strings attached. Life happens, and it’s OK to ask for help.”
TSgt Brian Childers turned to Air Force Aid Society when his wife learned of her grandmother’s rapidly declining health. A no-interest Falcon Loan helped her make the trip home in time to say a final goodbye. Says TSgt Childers, “Know that you do not have to have bad financial problems to apply. My bills are paid, my wife and I both work, and we still found a need for help. Life-altering events happen when you least expect them.”
TSgt Christopher Ferrell and his spouse/caretaker Lauren have been working to find their “new normal” after Tsgt Ferrell was medically retired due to combat related injuries. The transition back into civilian life has been difficult, and new challenges are a daily norm. Adding a new layer to those challenges, earlier this year, Lauren’s grandfather became gravely ill, with not much time left.