With a little more than a week left in the Fort Leonard Wood Army Emergency Relief Campaign, participants have surpassed the post goal of $125,000 by more than $39,000.
To date, the campaign has raised $164,069.
The AER Campaign, which is scheduled to end Friday, gives Soldiers and retirees the opportunity to support each other in emergency situations.
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.
AER also provides educational scholarships awarded through two programs, the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program for dependent children, and the AER Spouse Scholarship Program for spouses.
In 2017, AER provided 4,345 scholarships worth $8.7 million.
The scholarships are awarded based on financial need and are awarded annually for up to four academic years to attend post-secondary school full time as undergraduate level students. Funds are to assist with academic expenses at the attending university or school.
Capt. Jason Cook and 2nd Lt. Nick Morales are the campaign staff for 2018, and are in the ACS office.
For more information or how to donate, contact call Cook or Morales at 573.596.2600, or to request assistance, call Chuck Matthews, AER officer, at 573.596.0212.