However, education support for the children of WWII era Airmen was the first mission priority of AFAS. Since our founding by General Henry “Hap” Arnold and his wife, Bee, the Society has been dedicated to helping dependents of eligible Airmen achieve higher education goals.
Shortly after AFAS came to exist, General Hap Arnold and General Carl “Tooey” Spaatz were instrumental in the creation of an Air Force Aid Society Education Fund. This fund has allowed the Society to provide substantial education support throughout the years.
AFAS renewed its original mission commitment to education support in 1988 by launching the first of its own grant and loan programs. These AFAS programs would eventually lead to a phase out of the Guaranteed Student/Parent Loans in 1993.
Simultaneously, AFAS reenergized efforts to grow its long established Education Fund.
Incorporated in 1942, AFAS has been committed to helping Air Force and Space Force members and their families realize their academic goals. To this day, education support remains a vital part of the AFAS mission. The Air Force Aid Society Education Fund continues to thrive, allowing the Society to provide more than $6 million in education support annually.
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