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FAMILY RESOURCES

The Battalion Family Resources was developed to provided a centralized depository of information for Soldiers and Family Members assigned to Fort Gordon, Newcomers, and those attending formal training or school. For a complete listing of post contact numbers, units assigned and facilities or services available on and around Fort Gordon, review the Post Guide and Telephone Directory. (Try the free Adobe Digital Editions to view this .pdf file. Adobe® Digital Editions is an engaging new way to read and manage eBooks and other digital publications. It is built from the ground up as a lightweight rich Internet application (RIA). Adobe Digital Editions works online and offline and supports PDF- and XHTML-based content as well as Adobe Flash® SWF for rich interactivity.)

 

MILITARY AID SOCIETIES AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE ORGANIZATIONS

Armed Forces Relief Trust: The mission of the Armed Forces Relief Trust is to assist the military aid societies by providing a single vehicle to accept donations that will benefit the men and women of our Armed Forces and their families. Examples of such assistance may include payment for a soldier's airfare to fly home for his father's funeral, a special reading program for a sailor's daughter, special medical attention for a pilot's expectant spouse, or college tuition for a soldier's child.

Army Emergency Relief: The Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. The AER sole mission is to help soldiers and their dependents. AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own". AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers.

Air Force Aid Society: The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. It promotes the Air Force mission by helping "to relieve distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education". It is rooted in the original Army Air Corps and the World War II Army Air Forces, whose members wanted to "take care of their own." Through the years, AFAS has become increasingly effective in helping individuals with personal emergencies-- as well as extremely useful when used by commanders to help solve personnel problems in their units.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance: The Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) is a non-profit organization providing financial assistance to the Coast Guard community. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is administered by the Board of Control located at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, Regional Directors in various CGMA regions throughout the country, and Representatives at selected duty stations.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society: Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private non-profit charitable organization. It is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and operates nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat at Navy and Marine Corps bases throughout the world. The Society was incorporated in the District of Columbia and has its headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. It is managed by a Board of Directors whose members are active duty or retired members of the Naval Services or spouses of active duty or retired members of the Naval Services. The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.

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OTHER RELIEF AGENCIES:

American Red Cross: Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguished itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today's American Red Cross is keeping pace with the changing military. Using the latest in computer and telecommunications technology, the Red Cross sends communications on behalf of family members who are facing emergencies or other important events to members of the U.S. Armed Forces serving all over the world. These communications are delivered around-the-clock, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Both active duty and community-based military can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency communications that link them with their families back home, access to financial assistance, counseling and assistance to veterans.

NOTE: If an emergency situation arrives while the military member is attended school at the School of Information Technology or Regimental Noncommissioned Officers Academies, contact your local Red Cross and then the individual’s assigned unit. Below are the local area representative:

Fort Gordon Installation Representative:

Building 300 (During Duty Hours) 706-787-6311
Building 29808 (Non-Duty Hours) 706-791-4517

Augusta Chapter:

1322 Ellis Street Augusta, Georgia 30901
Phone: 706-724-8481
FAX: 706-724-8485
Website: http://www.arcaug.org
Email: smcduffy@arcaug.org

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The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund: The Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund (FEEA) -- or "FEE-uh" as it's commonly pronounced -- is the only non-profit organization devoted solely to helping civilian federal and postal employees. FEEA offers scholarships and emergency financial assistance to civilian federal and postal employees and their qualifying family members. Emergency loans and grants are available to help employees who fall behind on basic living expenses (mortgage/rent or utilities) due to unforeseen emergencies such as leave without pay (LWOP), government pay error, death or illness in the family, or natural disaster. The current loan limit is $1000; grants are most often given in the wake of natural disasters and limits are set on a case-by-case or disaster-by-disaster basis. Loans are no-interest and are repaid through payroll allotment.

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Armed Forces Services Corporation: The Armed Forces Services Corporation (AFSC), a Service Disabled Veteran owned Small Business, was established in July 2000 as a spin-off organization of the Army and Air Force Mutual Aid Association (AAFMAA). The Army Mutual Aid Association was established in 1879 as a direct result of the Battle of The Little Big Horn, commonly called "Custer's Last Stand". During frontier times, when an officer died the remaining soldiers in the unit would literally "pass the hat" to raise money for the surviving family. This system collapsed, however, with the Battle of The Little Big Horn because there was no support system left to provide assistance to the deceased soldiers' families. To remedy this situation, Army officers established the Army Mutual Aid Association "to aid the families of the deceased members in a prompt, simple and substantial manner."

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America Supports You: A nationwide program launched by the Department of Defense, recognizes citizens' support for our military men and women and communicates that support to members of our Armed Forces at home and abroad. All across America, thousands of individual citizens, businesses, and groups - from local schools and establishments to nationally-known corporations and organizations - are hosting events and undertaking projects to support America's Armed Forces, especially in forward-deployed areas of the Global War on Terrorism. The support of the American people builds and sustains the morale of those fighting to defend freedom against the tyranny of terrorism, and communicates America's recognition and appreciation of their courage and commitment to our country. America Supports You spotlights what Americans are doing all across the land, encourages others to join the team, and allows all to tell their stories by giving voice and visibility to their efforts.

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National Military Family Association: The National Military Family Association (NMFA) was organized in 1969 as the National Military Wives Association by a group of wives and widows seeking financial security for survivors of uniformed service personnel and retirees. From their efforts, the Survivor Benefit Plan came into being. In the ensuing years, NMFA has been in the vanguard of advocacy for improvements in the quality of military family life. The name of the organization was changed in 1984 to reflect the broad scope of its involvement. NMFA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) association.

Goals are to educate military families concerning their rights, benefits and services available to them and to inform them regarding the issues that affect their lives and to promote and protect the interests of military families by influencing the development and implementation of legislation and policies affecting them.

 

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