The Fort Leonard Wood Army Emergency Relief Campaign officially ended Friday with Soldiers and retirees exceeding this year’s goal by more than 100 percent.
As of Tuesday, the campaign has seen a total of $254,500 raised for the program that provides Army families with assistance in emergency situations and scholarships for Army family members. This year’s goal was $125,000, meaning Fort Leonard Wood exceeded the goal by $129,500.
“The success of the campaign is primarily due to the large number of Soldiers in training donating this year — 80 percent more than last year,” said Chuck Matthews, installation AER officer.
AER provides a variety of emergency financial assistance to Soldiers, retirees and family members, including travel costs for emergency or convalescent leave, mortgage or rent payment assistance, utility, food and fuel help, POV payment or emergency repairs, travel costs for PCS, minor home repairs for heating/cooling/electrical and plumbing, child car seats and cranial helmets, dependent dental care assistance, and appliance repair or replacement, among other things.
The money from the fund-raising campaign goes toward assisting local Soldiers, retirees and their dependents throughout the year. In 2017 local AER staff provided $548,912 in loans and grants to 430 local Soldiers and retirees.
Matthews said that though the campaign has ended, Soldiers and civilians can still donate anytime.
“They can come to my office and donate or they can donate online directly to AER at www.aerhq.org/donate,” Matthews said.
Matthews said he can also assist military members and civilians with the option of donating through MyPay, and he is also available to help those needing assistance.
For more information on receiving AER assistance or donating, contact Matthews at 573.596.0212.