Shared AFAS Stories

Here you'll find stories shared by Airmen and their families, donors to AFAS and our caseworkers in the field.

emergency Vehicle REpair

I had just received orders. All of my money was going into my house in preparation to sell before my PCS in just 4 short months. On a Sunday afternoon after church, I was part of a two car collision that crushed the front driver’s side of my car. My deductible was only $500 fortunately but since I had been putting so much money into my house, I couldn't afford the deductible at the time nor did I have other means of transportation. I had heard that AFAS helps people financially but wasn't sure if they would help me. I made an appointment and had a check 15 min after showing up. They didn't judge me or ask me a million questions as to why I didn't have the money at the moment. They were the kindest people and I am so grateful the Air Force Aid Society provides this to people in need. It was a huge relief to be able to use this resource and it took so much stress off of my pending my PCS. Thank you to everyone who had a part in making this happen!!

Active Duty Air Force




Shared Stories Archive
Getting Airmen through the unexpected

I am an Air Force veteran traveling to a new job. While we were traveling we were staying at the base lodging. We received the unfortunate news that my father-in-law passed away the same day I was starting my new job. Staying at lodging we used up all our funds and had to drive back for the funeral services. We were down and out. The AFAS was able to help us financially and we were able to return for the funeral and then continue on our original destination. Thank so much for your help for my wife and I. I recommend anyone in dire need of emergency funds get help from AFAS.

Carlos L.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:45:00 AM

Grateful to Air Force Aid Society

As I type my story, I can feel my emotions rise.
I received a call from my sister on Saturday. She wanted to let me know that my brother was in the ICU, and that they needed financial help with the bill.

Okay, that's fine. I've always been able to help where I can. But this time was different.
This time, they asked for $4000! $4000?! Each day in the ICU cost about $2000, and my brother had already been there 3 days.

I got another call the next day. He was not getting better. My brother had a kidney infection, which went into his blood stream and into his brain. He was practically comatose. Infection was irreversible.
It was time to go home, it was time to see him (maybe one last time, I don't know).
After spending $4000 at once, I wasn't sure if I could afford to fly to the Philippines with such short notice. I knew I could ask for assistance, but I just didn't know where to start with my cloudy mind.
My First Sergeant contacted the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Monday, and next thing you know...I have a flight booked to the Philippines.

There is no greater feeling than this. Although a sad feeling, but also a happy grateful feeling.
I am grateful, so very grateful for the Air Force Aid Society.
I am grateful for the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
I am grateful that even if I am $8,500 less and without my brother, that the Air Force Aid Society was there for me.

Nichol M.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:43:00 AM

Help through a rough patch

After PCS'ing in from another base, my gaining base's finance charged me for Meal Deductions, despite being married with children and not living in the dorms. They also had my BAH set for my previous location which was significantly less than my current base. I had to live in TLF (Temporary Lodging) until I could find a house here. The bill from TLF was over $900. Due to the incorrect pay, I could not pay out of my pocket for TLF. Luckily, AFAS helped me out, with a fantastic loan pay plan. Thanks for the help from AFAS.

Joseph L.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:40:00 AM

No interest loans for Emergency Travel

Days after Returning from a 2 week TDY, I receive the news no one wants to hear. My last living Grandmother had passed away. Because she lived in the Dominican Republic and she requested a traditional funeral, she was going to be viewed that same day and buried the very next day. Such short notice and stress of getting there immediately, I began checking for airline tickets. They weren't cheap. My supervisor recommended that I check out the AFRC and so I did. Not only were the staff caring and supportive, I was able to catch a flight that night and got to say my final goodbyes to my grandmother. Air Force Aid Society made that happen. Cheaper fare and easy monthly payments taking out the 1st and the 15th with NO interest...THANK YOU AFAS! Forever Grateful!

Tatianna B.

Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:38:00 AM

Saying Goodbye to Mother


Recently, my mother passed away at the age of 90. She lives in Hawaii and I live in Nevada. Currently my wife and I are raising my two granddaughters (12 and 15) and with both of us retired, we live on a fixed income. At the time of my mother’s death, the AFAS came through and purchased 2 round trip tickets of which I will repay monthly. I am truly grateful for the fast and drama free help.

Paul G.


Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:37:00 AM

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