Marines, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Coast Guardsmen are deployed across the globe, going in harm’s way to preserve and protect our freedom. Our military families make heavy sacrifices, particularly as a result of the prolonged war in Iraq and Afghanistan and the continued war on terror. The military men and women serving our nation face personal and financial hardships. Family budgets are strained and those who remain at home face a mounting workload at a time when our economy is unstable and unemployment remains high. The large activation of reserve and National Guard personnel has further strained the resources required to take care of our troops and their families.
The four military aid organizations – Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society – have come together to address these escalating needs by creating the Armed Forces Relief Trust – a non-profit fund that makes it easier for donors to make a single charitable contribution that supports all branches of our Armed Forces and their families.
The mission of the Armed Forces Relief Trust is to assist the military aid organizations by providing a single vehicle to accept contributions that benefit the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. These valuable funds enable family members to be at the bedside of an injured service member undergoing treatment at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, or other military medical treatment facilities; enable a soldier to fly home for his father’s funeral; provide support for medical costs associated with an airman’s expectant spouse, and more. For more examples, click on Sample Cases. And to read a one-page summary associated with the activities of each of the four military aid organizations, click on Aid Societies At a Glance.
During 2010, the four military aid organizations, collectively, disbursed$150.5 million in interest-free loans and grants to 212,185 individuals and families in need. Although most of these funds result from loan repayments and annual fund drives conducted by the Armed Forces, the Armed Forces Relief Trust also relies on support from thoughtful and generous public contributions.
Please support the morale and welfare of our military families and allow them to focus on their important mission by making a 100% tax deductible donation. Contribute to AFRTrust today.
Learn more about America’s military aid organizations: