Helping Airmen is the singular philosophy driving everything at Air Force Aid Society. More than 50,000 assists. Nearly $15 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.

A Day at a Time

TSgt Christopher Ferrell and his spouse/caretaker Lauren have been working to find their “new normal” after Tsgt Ferrell was medically retired due to combat related injuries. The transition back into civilian life has been difficult, and new challenges are a daily norm. Adding a new layer to those challenges, earlier this year, Lauren’s grandfather became gravely ill, with not much time left.

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Unexpected Support

“We graciously accepted the help when offered, but it’s not something I would have sought on my own. When you’re in the moment of grief, you just want to get through it and not have the additional stress of financial burdens,” recalls retired Master Sergeant Jerry Haines. Back in the 1980’s, AFAS helped the Haines family during a time of unexpected loss. Their gratitude remains and continues to motivate MSgt Haines to support the Society in any way he can.

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