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Air Force Aid Society assists with challenges

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EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

The Air Force Aid Society assists service members and their families with various life challenges.

Programs include Bundles for Babies and Child Care for PCSing.  A number of benefits have been added to AFAS.  These include:

  • A child day care deposit grant for service members relocating to a new duty station, up to $250 per child
  • a grant for involuntarily relocated service members, up to $500       
  • a cranial helmet grant for eligible exceptional family members, for things not covered by TRICARE
  • a one-time emergency travel ticket purchase grant for dependents, for more than $1,000, upon approval;
  • a pet transportation travel grant, for service members PCSing from or to OCONUS, up to $1,000, and;
  • a grant for military members who are involuntarily dislocated, up to $500.

AFAS offers two types of financial hardship assistance: Falcon loans, up to $1,000, without supporting documents; and standard loans, for more than 1,000, with supporting documents.

AFAS extended its client base to Guard and Reserve members and their families in May.

The Car Care Because We Care program ends Dec. 31, 2021.  The program offers financial assistance with car repairs.  Vouchers obtained before Dec 21 must be used by March 22, 2022.

“Helping the service member helps the mission,” said Carla Tyson, Airman and Family Readiness Center community readiness consultant.  “The happier a service member’s family is, the more engaged and effective they are to the mission.”

For more information, call 882-9060.