FORT LEE, Va. (June 9, 2016) -- On behalf of Col. Paul K. Brooks, garrison commander, and the Team Lee community, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your contributions and support of the 2016 Army Emergency Relief Campaign.

As a result of your generous contributions, the installation was successful in raising $105,405. Your donations will provide valuable financial assistance for military members of all ranks and their families when facing short term financial difficulties. Our goal was to raise $110,000 for the installation, and although we fell short, I appreciate all you have done in support of AER.

So, why was it important to contribute to the campaign?

Army Emergency Relief remains dedicated to helping the Army take care of its own and is the only organization solely dedicated to helping Soldiers, their families, retirees, widows and dependent children. Our Soldiers need to know “AER assistance is available in times of financial hardship” and that Army Emergency Relief remains dedicated to the Army’s most valuable assets.

In 2015, AER disbursed $992,865 in total assistance on the installation to valid ID card holders. There were 480 cases for active duty Soldiers, 218 cases for retirees and 34 cases for widows to meet emergency financial and educational requests.

Those requests were for assistance with purchases of food for the family, utility bills, rent, mortgage and emergency travel. We could not have supported the emergency financial needs of the Fort Lee community without the support of AER headquarters and the leadership of Fort Lee’s Garrison Command Team.

Most recently, AER made significant changes to meet the needs of today’s Army, adding new categories of assistance, expediting the assistance process and making policy changes that allow all Soldiers, regardless of rank, direct access to AER.

So, to the Fort Lee community, I thank you for your contributions and support of Army Emergency Relief.

The AER motto of “Never Leaving a Soldier in Need” keeps with the Army’s core values.