Air Force Aid (AFAS)

Air-Force-Aid-SocietyThe Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the Official Charity of the United States Air Force. We are a shoulder to lean on during times of crisis for military members and their families.

Emergency Assistance

Emergency assistance usually consists of an assessment of the emergency situation and an evaluation of the personal budget to decide to proceed with an interest free loan, a grant, or combination of both. Financial assistance is given when a qualifying individual cannot otherwise pay for specific basic needs. Loans/Grants may be given for verifiable emergency situations including food, emergency travel, vehicle repair, rent (initial rent and security deposit or eviction), and the prevention of utility disconnection.

Who can apply?

We provide service to all branches of service. The Air Force Aid Officers act as liaisons between other branches of service to provide emergency assistance to their respective service members. The Air Force Aid Society can serve a broad spectrum of customer to include:

  • Active Duty (all branches)
  • Active duty spouses with Power of Attorney
  • Retirees (all branches)
  • U.S. Title 10 Reservists
  • Widows/widowers or retirees (all branches of service)

Application Process

You may apply online: https://my.afas.org/memberportal/Login/Login.aspx. If you never used the system before, you will need to register as a new user. You can also apply in person (Bldg. 400). After you have submitted your application online, you will need to call the Airman and Family Readiness Center (A&FRC) at 229-257-3333 to schedule an appointment. In addition to your application, there may be other documents required to support your case. When you call for your appointment, please make sure to ask what additional documents you will need to bring to your appointment.

For in person application, please download this Air Force Aid Application, complete both pages and bring it with you to your appointment.

To make an appointment, please call 229-257-3333.
Additional Links:
– Army Emergency Relief  – http://www.aerhq.org/
– Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society  – http://www.nmcrs.org/

AFAS COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

Bundles for Babies

An educational program designed to teach such topics as: “Budgeting for Baby, health and nutrition for mother and baby, car seat safety, dental care for baby, DEERS enrollment, Air Force Aid programs, and Shaken Baby Syndrome. At the end of the class, a bundle containing baby items will be given out. The bundle includes receiving blankets, onesies, hoodies, etc. All active-duty families expecting a child or with a newborn regardless of US military service affiliation (Army, Navy-Marines, and Coast Guard) are entitled to receive a bundle, if they are assigned to an Air Force installation and attend an A&FRC Bundles for Babies seminar. Active duty members/spouses of all service branches may attend the class and receive a bundle regardless of their rank or the number of children in the family. Registration for the class can be at any time during pregnancy.

Documents for Workshop:

Car Care Because We Care

The Car Care Because We Care Program was designed to ease the impact of a deployment on Air Force families by providing a cash-equivalent voucher so that a member’s primary vehicle can be given basic maintenance service. This maintenance includes an oil/filter change and may include lubrication and a vehicle safety check on a modest grant basis. The recipient should take the voucher to the servicing facility to be redeemed. The servicing facility will retain the voucher.

ELIGIBILITY:

Spouses of active duty Air Force members (including Air Guard and AF Reserve members activated under Title 10 USC) deployed for more than 30 days. Member must be deployed away from their duty station for 30 days or more. Includes TDY assignments to schools (30 days or more – not to include schools less than 4 hours away from duty station). Service is limited to once per deployment (maximum of two times per calendar year) and should be performed on the primary family vehicle ONLY.

Spouses of active duty Air Force members (including Air Guard and AF Reserve members activated under Title 10 USC) assigned to a remote tour are eligible. Member must be assigned to a one year remote tour with the family remaining at any Air Force base. Spouses must be actively participating in a base level Hearts Apart program. Service is limited to two times per calendar year for the duration of the tour, and should be performed on the primary family vehicle ONLY.

AF First Term Airmen (E-4 and below) assigned to their 1st duty station may receive this service as a ONE TIME ASSIST.

Child Care for PCS

The Child Care for PCS Program is intended to help relieve some of the stress felt by Air Force families in the process of a PCS move. The AFAS will pay up to 20 hours of child care (per child) in a licensed Family Child Care (FCC) home on base, or in an Air Force affiliated home off base.  Eligible families may receive a certificate both at the base the family is departing from and the base where the family is arriving. Certificates are valid only at the base at which they are issued and unused hours do not transfer from one base to another. This service must be used within 60 days of departure or arrival.

Give Parents A Break

The AFAS recognizes that Air Force families are subject to unique stresses due to the nature of military life – deployments, remote tours of duty, extended working hours, etc. Families are often separated from spouses as well as from extended family members who might otherwise offer support. In an effort to help these families, AFAS, in cooperation with the Air Force child care community, has agreed to provide funding for child care for active duty Air Force families under a program called “Give Parents a Break”. The purpose of this program is to offer eligible active duty Air Force parents a few hours break from the stresses of parenting. Families may use this time to suit their personal needs.

Respite Care

The Society’s Respite Care assistance is for active duty Air Force and Air Force Guard/Reserve personnel on Title 10 orders for 15 days or more who have a dependent with special needs enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) or another immediate family member living in the home with a profound disability or serious/terminal illness. (EFMP enrollment is not a requirement for the Guard/Reserve families or when the member/spouse is providing care for an ill/disabled or injured parent/sibling or other relative living with the member). The primary goal of respite care is to provide a “break” for a few hours a week or month to families who have the responsibility of 24 hour a day care for a seriously or terminally ill or disabled family member living in the household. The secondary goal is to assist all the Air Force EFMP families during deployments and all Air Force families during other times of emergencies when stress or other urgent situations are factors. By providing Respite Care during unique circumstances, many forms of abuse may be prevented.

Heart Link

The Heart Link Program is designed to strengthen military families and enhance mission readiness. Appreciating the role spouses play is an important goal in re-enlistment decisions, therefore impacting retention. The overall program goal is to ensure spouses are aware of their importance to the Air Force, and feel as though they are a part of the Air Force “team”.

Volunteer Child Care

Recognizing the importance of volunteers to the Air Force community, the AFAS provides funding for the Child Care for Volunteers Program. Under this program, AFAS pays for child care expenses in Air Force licensed Family Child Care Homes on base, and Air Force affiliated homes off base, for eligible volunteers who are engaged in supporting on-base programs which benefit the Air Force community. It is hoped that this program will be used to support as many volunteers as possible who work at a variety of agencies throughout the base.

It should be noted that this program is not meant to pay for child care for volunteers in resale (Thrift Shop), fund raising, or social activities.  It is also not intended to be used to support the base dental clinic dental assistant training program, any educational internship, or training program. While we recognize the importance of the AF Key Spouse program, AFAS is not able to support paying for child care for this program. AFAS funds up to 12 hours of child care (per child) for the initial training required for Key Spouses but does not fund continuing Key Spouse volunteer hours after the initial training.

General George S. Brown Spouse Tuition Assistance Program (STAP)-Overseas Only

The Spouse Tuition Assistance Program was introduced to provide tuition supplements at selected overseas locations where employment opportunities were extremely limited. The emphasis is on the completion of degree/certificate programs that reasonably enhance occupational opportunities. This program is jointly administered at base level by the Education Center and A&FRC staffers.

Our Contact Information and Location

Airman & Family Readiness Center
5091 Gardner Street, Bldg. 400
Moody AFB, Georgia 31699
(229) 257-3333, DSN 460-3333
After duty hours, holidays and weekends
– Command Post  229-257-3501
– National American Red Cross  800-773-2767

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