Air Force Aid Society continues to evolve to support the unique needs of Airmen, Guardians, and their families by announcing new changes this year! These include expanding emergency assistance to Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members, regardless of duty status, and establishing new categories of need such as: Pet Transportation Assistance for Permanent Change of Station orders (PCS), Special Needs Assistance for Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) families, and Dorm Relocation Assistance to name a few. As part of AFAS’s commitment to enhance the quality of life to the Total Force, effective May 6, 2021, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard members are now eligible to apply for emergency assistance. Previously, Reserve and Guard members were required to be on a Title 10 order for 16 consecutive days or longer or a Title 32 order, Full-Time Active Guard/Reserve (AGR). This requirement has been removed. We also listened to our Air Force and Space Force families and introduced new categories of need that include: Pet PCS Transportation Assistance for Airmen and Guardians who receive PCS orders. Members may apply for up to $1,000 in grant assistance should they have a financial need to transport their dog and/or cat to and from an overseas installation. Special Needs Assistance for EFMP families who may be faced with increased financial requirements
Many military families are facing challenges when it comes to finding quality childcare. In response to their needs, Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) and Army Emergency Relief (AER) partnered with National Military Family Association (NMFA). AFAS & AER established a partnership to help Airmen, Guardians, and Soldiers in need of childcare assistance. Through the AFAS and AER’s joint partnership with NMFA, we were able to help thousands of Airmen, Guardians, and Soldiers with $1,500 in grant assistance per family. Learn what this support meant for these families in their own words. Stress No More An Air Force family receives a childcare reimbursement award Steven, an Air Force Technical Sergeant, and his spouse Michelle received a childcare reimbursement award after a challenging year. “We were incredibly excited to learn that we had been selected as one of the recipients of the Childcare Reimbursement award. This year has proven to be one of the most challenging years of our family’s existence. As I struggled to start a healthcare consulting company during the pandemic after losing my job with a smaller company, the premature birth of our twins tripled our future childcare expenses. We usually have our family to lean on for affordable childcare here in Texas, but the military threw a PCS to Maryland at us on top of everything. With the
Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has selected 1,930 scholars to receive grants and scholarships ranging from $500 to $5,000 for the 2021-2022 academic year.
WASHINGTON, May 27, 2020 – Air Force Aid Society officially announced today that the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force (CMSAF) Kaleth O. Wright will assume the CEO role effective October 1, 2020. Wright will replace the current CEO, Lt. Gen. John D. Hopper, Jr., USAF (Ret.), who announced his retirement plans early this year. Hopper will remain in the role until October. “I’m excited about this next chapter following my retirement from the U.S. Air Force. It’s been an invaluable experience to serve alongside so many great airmen over the past 31 years,” said Wright. “I admire Lt. Gen. Hopper and look forward to building upon the success and great things he and his staff have done at the Society to help so many of our Air Force families.” Wright is the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force. This is the highest noncommissioned officer position. He has held this role since February 17, 2017, and is responsible for more than 410,000 enlisted Air Force members. He also serves as the advisor to the Chief of Staff and Secretary of the Air Force on issues related to welfare, readiness, morale, and proper utilization of the enlisted force. Before he was appointed CMSAF, Wright served as the Command Chief Master Sergeant of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe
In an interview and podcast with Military Home Life, Hopper shares some programs and resources are available to airmen and their families.
WASHINGTON, April 9, 2019 – Charity Navigator has awarded Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) our fourth consecutive 4-star rating as a result of our strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator is America’s largest independent charity evaluator.