Since 1942, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has helped Airmen and their families in times of need. It may be for an everyday expense like a utility bill, something far more unexpected like the need to fly home for a family funeral, or a request for a special piece of medical equipment to improve the quality of life for a disabled child. Whether your emergency is big or small, AFAS is here to help — just like we did in 2016 when we provided over 13,000 emergency assists totaling $7.5 million!
In keeping with the vision of AFAS founders Gen and Mrs. “Hap” Arnold, AFAS also offers a robust education program that helps Air Force dependent children and spouses achieve their dreams of attending college. Last year, we awarded 2,332 education grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 each, 15 merit scholarships of $5,000 and 36 merit scholarships of $1,000 to the children and spouses of Air Force members.
Base Community Programs make up the third prong of our charter. In 2016, AFAS provided $1.3 million in childcare programs, phone cards, baby gifts, car care and spouse initiatives — all designed to help alleviate some of the stresses associated with military life.
Help us to continue the AFAS tradition of “Airmen helping Airmen” with your donation to the Air Force Assistance Fund. You can be confident that every dollar supports a fellow Airman. Thank you for your support!
For a more in depth look at our 2016 assistance, check out our Fact Sheet!