Helping Airmen is the singular philosophy driving everything at Air Force Aid Society. More than 45,000 assists in 2017, over $15.1 million in direct help through emergency financial assistance, education support and community programs.

Get to know the real Airmen behind those numbers and learn more about how AFAS is helping Airmen every day.

Her Mother By Her Side

Faced with an unexpected major surgical procedure and given only 13 days to prepare for it, SrA Erin Carr really wanted her mom to be with her through the procedure and recovery. Without the budget to cover a plane ticket for her mom, she turned to the Society for help in the form of a no-interest loan. “I was completely relieved and felt more comfortable going through with the surgery because my mom would be here,” shares Carr. “I can’t imagine getting through that experience without my mom by my side.”

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Friends Who Are Now Family

AFAS provided a grant to Lt Tasha Cardinal (now a Captain) to help pay for a plane ticket home after the sudden death of her father. “Worrying about my dad’s finances was difficult enough when we were trying to grieve his loss and come to terms with him not being here anymore,” recalls Cardinal. Fortunately, the Society eased some of the stress, making a difficult time just a bit easier.

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