Guide to Assistance

Eligibility
Basic Operating Principles
Need and Circumstances
Loans and Grants
Assistance Policy
What Air Force Aid Society Can’t Do


1. Eligibility: Who can get Air Force Aid Society assistance?

• Active Duty Military and their dependents.

• Retired Air Force personnel and their dependents, but not on a continuing basis. Case by case review is required.

• Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel serving on active duty under Title 10, U.S. Code, on extended duty over 15 days, away from their home station.

• Spouses and dependent age children of deceased Air Force personnel (who died on active duty or in retired status).

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2. Basic Operating Principles: How does the Air Force Aid Society process work?

• Emergency assistance usually combines an assessment of the emergency situation and an evaluation of the personal budget to arrive at a decision to make an interest free loan, a grant, or combination of both.

• The Air Force Aid Society maintains an open door policy that encourages individuals to apply for assistance when they feel an emergency situation exists — but keeps the commander informed when a personal problem surfaces that might affect the performance of duty.

• Timely response to personal emergencies is the Air Force Age Society watchword. Streamlined procedures are authorized when the situation is urgent or the individual is applying for a Falcon Loan.

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3. Needs and Circumstances: What can the Air Force Aid Society assist with?

• Financial assistance is given when a qualifying individual cannot otherwise pay for specific basic needs essential to continued personal effectiveness as an Air Force Member

• The Society believes that it is better to err on the side of generosity in assisting with need. However, AFAS does not provide assistance for nonessentials, nor does it supplement the income of people who consistently lack sufficient self-discipline to live within their means.

• The Society does not use contributed dollars to assist members with “wants” and “desires” — needs are first priority.

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4. Loans and Grants: How is Emergency Assistance given?

• Emergency Assistance can be given as an interest free loan, a grant, or a combination of both.

• Most assistance is provide as interest free loans with repayment set according to the individual’s budget.

• Grants or combination loan/grants are given when repayment would cause a genuine hardship, but will not be given to reward financial irresponsibility. Grants are sometimes given for basic needs; e.g., food, utilities, emergency travel, medical or dental expenses. They are not normally used for rent, vehicle repairs, moves, or education. Unique cases are coordinated with the Air Force Aid Society Headquarters.

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5. Assistance Policy: How is Emergency Assistance given?

• Emergency Assistance can be given as an interest free loan, a grant, or a combination of both.

• Most assistance is provide as interest free loans with repayment set according to the individual’s budget.

• Grants or combination loan/grants are given when repayment would cause a genuine hardship, but will not be given to reward financial irresponsibility. Grants are sometimes given for basic needs; e.g., food, utilities, emergency travel, medical or dental expenses. They are not normally used for rent, vehicle repairs, moves, or education. Unique cases are coordinated with the Air Force Aid Society Headquarters.

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6. What Air Force Aid Society Can’t Do:
We can aid in many ways but we do have some restrictions.

• To pay for non-essentials such as second automobiles, television sets, DVD players, microwaves.

• To pay for essentials that cost more than the average standard.

• To provide basic needs on a continuing basis

• To finance business ventures, to purchase a home, or similar permanent investment.

• To finance vacations or activities on normal annual leave.

• To pay credit card debt including government issued travel cards.

• To cover bad checks, provide bail, or pay fines.

• To pay DPP bills or replace funds due to garnishments.

• To pay taxes and legal expenses.

• To make contributions to other charitable or religious organizations.

• To assist in maintaining a standard of living inconsistent with the pay allowances of the Air Force member.

• To fund non-TRICARE approved medical procedures such as abortions.

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If you need assistance, call us at (605) 385-4663.