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Warrior Games 2014
Thursday, September 04, 2014

Here are Megan and Scott from our headquarters office modeling the cycling jerseys AFAS purchased for the upcoming Warrior Games.  The Warrior Games will take place Sept 28 – Oct 4, 2014 at the US Olympic Training Center and the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO.

More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans will participate in seven sports (archery, cycling, shooting, sitting volleyball, swimming, track and field and wheelchair basketball). Athletes represent Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Special Operations.

In addition to the pictured cycling uniforms, AFAS purchased duffel bags and a variety of “spirit” items to root on the AF team – GO AIR FORCE!!

Alert! Questionable "Baby Bundles" Website
Friday, July 25, 2014

The following is extracted from a June 25, 2014 "CID E-Alert"

Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID), Fort Meade, MD has received information concerning an apparently recently developed Internet Website - "Baby Bundles" (http://happybabybundles.weebly.com) which appears to be geared specifically to military personnel and their family members.

A cursury review of the website by CID identified several aspects of concern of the information being solicited to potential users.  In the website's "Assistance" link on the home page, it was noted in order to obtain "Emergency Assistance" which the site defines as "Emergency Disaster, baby born weeks early, etc.", the website requries an applicant to submit a current copy of the Servicemember's Leave and Earning Statement and current DD Form 214.

Pending further inquiry by appropriate agencies, the ownership and actual intent of this website should be considered questionable, based on the type of confidential and personally identifiable information (PII) being solicted for their services.

PLEASE NOTE:  THIS WEBSITE IS IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH THE AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY OR OUR BUNDLES FOR BABIES PROGRAM!

2013 Annual Report
Monday, June 16, 2014

The 2013 Annual Report is published! You can navigate to view a pdf version under the About Us menu item or click on the cover below. In our Annual Report you'll find a wealth of information about the Society and the assistance we provided last year.

Assistance for Airmen Affected by Tornadoes
Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Airmen assigned to Little Rock or other locations affected by the recent outbreak of tornadoes are reminded that AFAS can help with emergency financial assistance during disasters.  If you need help, please contact your Air Force Aid Society representative at the base Airman and Family Readiness Center to apply for assistance.  For those of you at Little Rock, the A&FRC phone number is 501-987-2667.

 

Wounded Warrior Assistance
Friday, April 11, 2014

Air Force Aid Society Headquarters caseworker Scott Hald was inspired to reach out to retired SSgt Daniel Meyer after reading an article featuring him in the Washington Post.  SSgt Meyer suffered debilitating injuries as a result of his service in Iraq and Afghanistan and is largely confined to his home.  He has discovered a love of playing golf on a simulator and Scott believed we could help him finish raising the money to have one installed in his home.  Scott contacted SSgt Meyer and was able to coordinate with Foresight Sports to finish paying for the simulator and installation.  The Air Force Aid Society is honored to be able to contribute to this project on behalf of SSgt Meyer.  Following are links to the Washington Post article and Daniel Meyer’s blog.

Columbus AFB -- First Base to Exceed AFAF Goal!
Friday, March 14, 2014

Congratulations to Columbus AFB for being the first base to exceed their AFAF dollar goal -- 130% of goal to be exact!  We hope this is just one of many bases that will exceed their goals.  We can't wait to see which base will be the first to exceed their dollar goal AND achieve 50% or better Active Duty participation!

Education Grant Deadline Extended!
Thursday, March 06, 2014

Just announced!  The Gen H. H. Arnold Education Grant application deadline has been extended to March 14th.  Don't miss out on the opportunity to receive a $2,000 grant -- APPLY NOW!

Find us on Social Media!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Air Force Aid Society is now on Twitter and Google+, in addition to having a well established Facebook page.  We post great information to keep you up to date about what's happening at AFAS and around the Air Force.  Follow us today!

2013 Fact Sheet
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The newly redesigned AFAS 2013 Fact Sheet has been published here on our website.  You'll find it under "About Us".  Or you can click on the link provided above.  This is a great resource summarizing all the ways AFAS helped Airmen and their families in 2013.

Important: Weekend Email Issues
Monday, February 03, 2014

Over the weekend of February 1-2, AFAS experienced email trouble and all emails that were sent to us during that period were lost. If you contacted us over the weekend and we have not responded, please re-send your communication to us so we can assist you.

New: Shared Stories
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

We just lauched a new Shared Stories section of our website!  Please visit to see how AFAS assistance has an impact on Airmen and their families.

Office Renovation Complete
Monday, October 21, 2013

We're Back!! After 3 weeks of working from home, the HQ AFAS staff returned to our newly renovated office. While working from home can be challenging, we all agreed we were able to keep up with the calls and other work while reworking remotely. Please be advised we do have new phone numbers. You can call the old phone number of any staff member and there should be a message advising you of the new phone number. Thanks to all for your patience during the office renovation!

Help for AF WIC recipients
Thursday, October 10, 2013

We have become aware that the government shutdown has affected WIC funding in some states. The unavailability of WIC vouchers in those locations may impact Airmen who depend on this vital program for  their children’s nutritional needs.  AFAS is here to help AF families who may be impacted by this and also stands ready to help Airmen with their basic living expenses if they experience pay problems as a result of  the shutdown.

General Hopper tells AF Times how we can help.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Check out this article in the Air Force Times discussing how the Relief Societies are helping service members as the shutdown continues. 

Relief societies fill in gaps to help families of the fallen - AF Times

Tweetchat with Mrs. Betty Welsh
Friday, October 04, 2013

The annual AFCB event has raised over $5.4M for our Air Force Aid Society since its inception in 2004.  Each year, a dedicated of volunteers works for months on end in support of our airmen and their families.  Questions about the event or how you can support the effort through a donation?  Join them for a Tweetchat on Monday, October 7th featuring AFCB committee members and special guest, Mrs. Betty Welsh who serves as the honorary advisor to the committee. Register to receive more information.  https://afcb2014.eventbrite.com/

AFAS HQ under renovation!
Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Society will undertake our most extensive renovation since moving into our Crystal City space over twenty (20) years ago.  Starting on 30 September our key customer service centers will be essentially working from home.  Here is what will not change: our email capability (and addresses), access to our case work system (EAGLE & EAGLE-i), and our telephone numbers/service should continue without disruption.  However, we will be using our virtual desks, so you will have to leave a message and we will call you back.  Make sure your message contains sufficient information to contact you - - commercial telephone numbers, alternate numbers and email addresses will be appreciated!  The following contact information is how we will conduct business during the renovation:

Emergency Assistance:  Call their central line (703) 607-3060 and leave your message.  A caseworker will call you back.   You may also send e-mails to EA@afas-hq.org .  For emergency assistance outside the HQ AFAS normal business hours, continue to use the after-hours phone number of (571) 314-3628.

Education Department:   Call their central line (703) 607-3072 and leave your message.   An Education Department staff member will regularly retrieve messages and return your call.  You may also send e-mails to ED@afas-hq.org

Loan Management Department:   Call their central line (703) 607-3069 and leave your message.   A Loan Management staff member will regularly retrieve messages and return your call.  You may also send e-mails to LoanMgt@afas-hq.org

IT Help Desk (Assistance with EAGLE and emergency assistance applications):  Call (703) 607-3032 and leave your message.  Our Help Desk leader will return your call.  You may also send e-mails to IT@afas-hq.org

Fax:  Our regular fax line will not be operational so send all faxes to (866) 896-5637.  Make sure to identify the intended recipient or the department.  REMINDER >> DO NOT send full SSNs, send only the last four of the SSN along with the last name.

We hope to be complete in three (3) weeks.  Remember, even the best battle plan rarely survives first contact with the enemy.  There will be changes and disruptions but our job is to help Airmen, so be flexible!  If at any time you have problems contacting the AFAS staff, do not hesitate to call the AFAS After hours line @ (571) 314-3628 at any time, 24/7.

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Merit Scholarship Winners!
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We are pleased to announce that we were able to fund 37 merit scholarships this year!  Each student was awarded a $5,000 AFAS Education Merit Scholarship for the 2013/2014 school year.  For a complete list of winners, see our Merit Scholarship page.

The Annual Report is here!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Our 2012 Annual Report is now available on our website.  You can find it under "About AFAS" or by clicking here.  In our Annual Report you'll find information about what the Air Force Aid Society accomplished in 2012 and how we continued to help Airmen in need.  The Annual Report also highlights contributors to the Society.  Take a look today for a wealth of information about what we do!

Facebook
Monday, June 24, 2013

We exceeded our goal of 2,013 likes on Facebook on Friday, more than a week ahead of schedule! Thanks to all our friends on Facebook. If you have not liked us yet, visit our Facebook page. We post daily updates about Air Force Aid Society and what's happening in and around the Air Force.

Memorial Honor Roll
Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Over the Memorial Day weekend, we launched our newly designed Memorial Honor Roll. New features include a searchable archive of Memorial Biographies, the ability to donate to an existing Memorial Fund or create your own, and family members can complete Memorial Biographies online.

Setting up a Memorial Fund for a loved one through the Air Force Aid Society is a wonderful way to preserve their memory on our Memorial Honor Roll.

Gen & Mrs. Welsh Visit AFAS
Friday, March 22, 2013

Gen & Mrs. Welsh took time from their very busy schedules to visit AFAS HQ on March 21.  They met the staff and received an AFAS update from our CEO Lt Gen (Ret) John Hopper, Jr.  Our sincere thanks to Gen and Mrs. Welsh for a great visit!

 

2013 AFAF Campaign is Underway!
Monday, February 11, 2013

The 2013 Air Force Assistance Fund (AFAF) Campaign officially kicked off on 4 Feb and will run unil 3 May.  This is the primary fundraiser for the four affiliates of the campaign -- the Air Force Aid Society, the LeMay Fouindation, Air Force Enlisted Village, and the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation.  For more information about the AFAF and to view the 2013 campaign brochure, please visit http://www.afassistancefund.org   Thank you for your support! 

AFAS Website is now Mobile Friendly!
Friday, January 11, 2013

When we launched our new website last month, we made the site mobile friendly.  That means you can now view www.afas.org on your smart phone or tablet and it will right-size for the device.  This is just one of the new features you'll find on the new website!

Air Force Charity Ball Committee
Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The 2013 Air Force Charity Ball Committee is doing an outstanding job planning the upcoming April 6th event which benefits the Air Force Aid Society.  We want to thank the committee members for their wonderful support of Airmen and their families.  You are the best!

Education Grants -- All in the Family!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Hall family stopped by HQ AFAS for a visit and to say thank you for the Education Grants they received.  Major Hall's wife, daughter and son have all been recipients of the $2000 Arnold Education Grant.  Pictured from L-R are CEO Lt Gen John Hoper, Jr., Education Manager Dory Larkin, Assistant Manager Jennifer Briel, Machalila Hall, Mary Hall, David Hall and Major Dolphis Hall.

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