Emergency financial relief is available during shutdown

Army Emergency Relief (AER) Headquarters

As during all crises, Army Emergency Relief (AER) is available to meet all valid financial needs of Soldiers and families. In Stuttgart, relief assistance is available to all branches of service at Army Community Service.

The first payday that could possibly be impacted by the Government shutdown would be Jan. 31.

A shutdown would not affect Retired Soldier pay since retired pay is funded from an annuity fund, not a military appropriation.

Additionally, for civilian employees, the Federal Employee Education and Assistance (FEEA) Fund is the only independent, nonprofit 501c3 organization devoted solely to providing emergency financial assistance and scholarships to civilian, federal and postal public servants and their families. FEEA offers disaster relief grants to eligible federal employees when these disasters strike. FEEA has given over 9,000 disaster relief grants totaling $4.5 million to federal employees since 1986. FEEA also offers eligible federal employees confidential, no-interest loans to help them bridge their financial gaps in times of emergency. FEEA has given over 11,000 loans to federal employees totaling nearly $8 million since 1986. Employees will still need to meet the threshold of having trouble paying for basic living needs like rent/mortgage or utilities and can receive assistance in the form of a non-interest bearing loan. Those seeking FEEA loans will need to complete the regular Emergency Assistance application available at www.feea.org/GetHelp.

To speak with an AER representative in Stuttgart, contact ACS, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at DSN: 431-3362/civ. 07031-15-3362.