Air Force Aid Society

Written by: Alicia Thompson, GS-11 Community Readiness Consultant Military and Family Readiness Center

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is a program that provides financial support for Airmen and Guardians in a variety of ways. One way is through Community Programs such as Bundles for Babies, Child Care for PCS, Heart Link Spouse Orientation Program (Spouses Welcome on the Road), and the Spouse Employment Program. AFAS provides funding for these programs so that the Military and Family Readiness Center can support those areas of need.


Another way that AFAS supports our Airmen and Guardians is through educational funding support. The General Henry H. Arnold Education grant is a competitive educational grant for service members. There are additional supplemental programs as well, to learn more about those programs head to www.afas.org/education-support/.


The largest area of financial support from the AFAS is through emergency assistance. AFAS provides emergency assistance to Air Force and Space Force families when unexpected financial emergencies arise. These include no-interest loans, emergency travel assistance, and grants. These financial assistance programs help meet immediate emergency financial needs and help make a positive step toward a lasting financial solution. Support can be standard assistance in which the member has a 0% interest loan to pay back over a designated period of time OR a Falcon loan of no more than $1,500 with 0% interest. For this type of assistance, the service member MUST have a Zelle account registered in their name to accept funding.


In addition, as of 13 October 2022 – all AFAS applications for financial assistance must be requested through the AFAS portal at https://portal.afas.org/SignIn?ReturnUrl=%2Fmy-applications%2F. The M&FRC staff are available to assist members in navigating the application portal process, however no funding will be dispersed by the M&FRC staff. Appointments for assistance are preferred and can be made by calling the M&FRC at 723-3950, walk-in appointment time is limited,.
Requests for all Emergency Travel are done through the Red Cross whom can be reached 24 hours a day at 1-800-733-2767.

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