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Getting Airmen through the unexpected
Thursday, December 10, 2015

I am an Air Force veteran traveling to a new job. While we were traveling we were staying at the base lodging. We received the unfortunate news that my father-in-law passed away the same day I was starting my new job. Staying at lodging we used up all our funds and had to drive back for the funeral services. We were down and out. The AFAS was able to help us financially and we were able to return for the funeral and then continue on our original destination. Thank so much for your help for my wife and I. I recommend anyone in dire need of emergency funds get help from AFAS.

Carlos L.

Grateful to Air Force Aid Society
Thursday, December 10, 2015

As I type my story, I can feel my emotions rise.
I received a call from my sister on Saturday. She wanted to let me know that my brother was in the ICU, and that they needed financial help with the bill.

Okay, that's fine. I've always been able to help where I can. But this time was different.
This time, they asked for $4000! $4000?! Each day in the ICU cost about $2000, and my brother had already been there 3 days.

I got another call the next day. He was not getting better. My brother had a kidney infection, which went into his blood stream and into his brain. He was practically comatose. Infection was irreversible.
It was time to go home, it was time to see him (maybe one last time, I don't know).
After spending $4000 at once, I wasn't sure if I could afford to fly to the Philippines with such short notice. I knew I could ask for assistance, but I just didn't know where to start with my cloudy mind.
My First Sergeant contacted the Airman and Family Readiness Center on Monday, and next thing you know...I have a flight booked to the Philippines.

There is no greater feeling than this. Although a sad feeling, but also a happy grateful feeling.
I am grateful, so very grateful for the Air Force Aid Society.
I am grateful for the Airman and Family Readiness Center.
I am grateful that even if I am $8,500 less and without my brother, that the Air Force Aid Society was there for me.

Nichol M.

Help through a rough patch
Thursday, December 10, 2015

After PCS'ing in from another base, my gaining base's finance charged me for Meal Deductions, despite being married with children and not living in the dorms. They also had my BAH set for my previous location which was significantly less than my current base. I had to live in TLF (Temporary Lodging) until I could find a house here. The bill from TLF was over $900. Due to the incorrect pay, I could not pay out of my pocket for TLF. Luckily, AFAS helped me out, with a fantastic loan pay plan. Thanks for the help from AFAS.

Joseph L.

No interest loans for Emergency Travel
Thursday, December 10, 2015

Days after Returning from a 2 week TDY, I receive the news no one wants to hear. My last living Grandmother had passed away. Because she lived in the Dominican Republic and she requested a traditional funeral, she was going to be viewed that same day and buried the very next day. Such short notice and stress of getting there immediately, I began checking for airline tickets. They weren't cheap. My supervisor recommended that I check out the AFRC and so I did. Not only were the staff caring and supportive, I was able to catch a flight that night and got to say my final goodbyes to my grandmother. Air Force Aid Society made that happen. Cheaper fare and easy monthly payments taking out the 1st and the 15th with NO interest...THANK YOU AFAS! Forever Grateful!

Tatianna B.

Saying Goodbye to Mother
Thursday, December 10, 2015

 

Recently, my mother passed away at the age of 90. She lives in Hawaii and I live in Nevada. Currently my wife and I are raising my two granddaughters (12 and 15) and with both of us retired, we live on a fixed income. At the time of my mother’s death, the AFAS came through and purchased 2 round trip tickets of which I will repay monthly. I am truly grateful for the fast and drama free help.

Paul G.

 

Assistance for Travel Costs
Thursday, December 10, 2015

 

I am in tech school. I came back to my dorm after school to find out my father passed away. I knew I would be allowed to be with my family but I had no way to get home. It was way too expensive. The AFAS assisted me with a grant as well as a non interest loan to help pay for travel costs. Without the AFAS, I may not have been able to bury my father. For this I am grateful. Thank you!

Patrick S

 

A Heartfelt Thank You for Emergency Travel
Thursday, December 10, 2015

"Being a Representative of the Air Force Aid Society, I promise to strongly continue to promote and support this great organization.

It is the value of integrity that sets our foundation, which is surely strengthened by our members’ commitment to service our country; and fueled by a focus in excellence in all that we do. What we believe in and how we live is what identifies us. There is no compromise. The Air Force Aid Society is foremost in reminding us of the importance of our profession, our oath and the demands that are set before us – not only in our professional career but in our personal life. The Air Force Aid Society is a true extension of Family – as I recently experienced.

On December 28, 2014, I received a phone call from my brother that our dad was in a devastating accident. He was left paralyzed from the chest down and ventilator-dependent. I was stunned!! A strong feeling of urgency overwhelmed me; I had no idea how I was going to afford a last-minute trip from San Antonio to Duluth, Minnesota to be at my dad’s bedside; I wanted this horrific happening to all go away. I did an internet search to find possible flights and found nothing available until the following day. By now, my emotions were running rampant!

In recognizing I needed help, I went to my Leadership for assistance. They suggested that I contact Air Force Aid Society. In my speaking with a Representative of the Air Force Aid Society, I was totally uplifted when asked, "How soon can you get to the airport?" I suddenly felt stronger and hopeful in getting through this situation. We scheduled a flight that same day!

Within the three months requiring my dad to receive intensive care support, arrangements were made that he be transferred to an Acute Care Facility closer to home, in Hinsdale, Illinois. My husband and I spent our free time visiting my dad in his new facility.

On April 17, 2015, we were informed that my dad was fighting a very bad infection. His color was good, his response was as well as expected. He seemed to be doing okay. I returned to San Antonio on April 19, 2015 to resume work that week. On April 20, 2015, I received an urgent call -- then a text message -- to return as quickly as possible to Chicago – my dad was not doing well at all. Fear and confusion overcame me. I felt a total sense of impending doom.

I submitted my request for Emergency Leave, without knowing what flights were available; and I had no available funds. Again, Air Force Aid Society was able to literally “sweep” me home within four hours where I was able to spend the most important, fifteen minutes of my dad’s life. We shared an emotional approval of departure through touch, and upon holding his hand, I knew he was at peace and said good bye.

In moving forward, I am extremely grateful to our Air Force Aid Society. They supported me both mentally and financially when I needed them. They generously and without hesitation, granted me the transportation and funds to be with my dad and family. It was truly amazing and I can never be more thankful to the Air Force Aid Society. Even though I thought I was doing everything in my power to assist my dad with emotional well-being which would lead to eventual physical strength, I soon realized I could not give him everything or even do it all on my own. When that realization set in, I sought out the assistance of the Air Force Aid Society. In their strong support of my situation, they lifted much weight off my mind. They are surely a reflection and epitome of our core values of the military profession -- “integrity”, “service” and “excellence”. I will never forget them!!"

                                                                             Kristen
                                                                            Active Duty Air Force

 

Helping hands to a Retired Veteran
Thursday, June 25, 2015

To sum it up, the AFAS Society was there when I needed them. I am retired AF Veteran who supplements my income with two PT time jobs, but with the loss of one income my rent payment could not be paid properly. I then thought of them and went online to use it that way and to my surprise it worked flawlessly from start to finish, thanks for being Automated/Online, which made it so easy compared to when I was actually working the same AFAS program as a personnel specialist that helped many, many young enlisted airmen who needed a helping hand.

I in-turn went to the local airbase in Fairfield, CA and the very nice and professional woman in charge asked me a few questions about my situation, then the ball was rolling. I only had to wait for about 10 minutes or so before I found out that HQ in VA was on holiday, but someone did get the call and gave approval for my assistance. I am blessed that we have such an organization that has been in service providing a VITAL service to all military who has a need for financial assistance. Thank you goes out to the lady who coordinated all her efforts plus made me feel truly welcomed and showed much compassion.

Again, thanks AFAS Society for being there. BTW, this wasn't my first time getting help, I've also been assisted on active duty as well and on more than one occasion. They are truly an AWESOME organization!

--Russell

A Falcon Loan
Thursday, June 25, 2015

I had my car repaired for $1,400 and I had debt from being over-paid while PCS-ing. I literally didn't have enough money to pay my car payment since my auto insurance was still in the process of getting my claim taken care of. So I went to the base's Airman and Family Readiness center to inquire about a Falcon Loan. I was given the loan and was able to pay my car payment and insurance for the month and helped me alleviate the issue since financially I wasn't able to cover for all of it in one month.

--Kim

You might never need us, but when you do...
Thursday, June 25, 2015

I came back from my first deployment a few months back. I'm not the most LES savvy person, and didn't catch it when a mistake was made and I was still receiving my deployment pay. This actually occurred over the course of about 4 months (I know, not too bright of me to not catch it for so long). But when it was finally caught I called finance to get a payment plan arranged. I misunderstood the gentleman on the other end and didn't get the plan set up. A couple months later I get a $479 paycheck. And they tell me the next won't be big either. I needed money to pay rent, bills, insurance, etc. After talking to my first sergeant I went straight to the A&FRC.

The AFAS people helped me get set up on the site and got me a loan the next day, just in time to pay my rent and bills. If it weren't for AFAS I would be out of a home and in even more debt. And there I was just before the incident thinking "I don't think I'll ever have to use this, I'm doing great!", while actually putting in a donation to the AFAS. It was a humbling and scary experience, but AFAS helped me come through with a smile on my face and weight off my shoulders!

--Terry

Help during medical treatment
Thursday, June 25, 2015

While on my last deployment I was diagnosed with cancer and once home, I began chemo treatments about 2 hours away from my house.  This required my wife to go with me to help but we needed someone to watch our 2 kids, this is where AFAS stepped in.  They were able to cover 1 month of daycare costs since my wife was going to take a pay cut since she was helping me until base leadership approved us to have a lower rate at the daycare. AFAS then also helped cover a plane ticket for my mother-in-law to fly out to watch our kids while I was in chemo treatments.  Without the AFAS, it would have been even more struggle without having my wife to assist me in the hospital. I will continue to donate to this charity since they help in so many ways.

--Joseph

Son's medical emergency
Thursday, June 25, 2015

A few months ago my son had a medical emergency and was flown out of state for surgery. I took emergency leave so I could be there for my son and to help my wife during the desperate times. My first sergeant took me to the Family and Readiness Center on base where the Air Force Aid Society representative purchased a round trip plane ticket for me to reduce my out of pocket expenses. I am very glad I received this financial assistance. I always make an effort to donate during the fundraising drives, and now I always make sure my donations go to the AFAS.

Thank you
TSgt P-R

Airmen helping Airmen
Thursday, June 25, 2015

I donate to AFAS because they have been there and helped me when I needed it. I had an emergency that occurred while I was PCS-ing where a lot of factors came into play (vehicle hood opened on the freeway, required deposit on an apartment, DLA payout was delayed due to enormous backlog and waiting on BAH due to change in location were some of the factors) and so I was financially strapped. AFAS alleviated the worries until the dust settled. Again, thank you AFAS for the awesome work!

--Alton

Never too late to ask for help
Thursday, June 25, 2015

This program is awesome and is so because it is backed by awesome workers. I fell into a situation with an ex-fiancé and it drove me into a hard spot financially. Through the support and understanding of the AFAS I was able to pay off that debt and get my finances back on the right track. All I had to do was ask for help and the team working with me made sure I got the help I needed. It's never too late to ask for help. So I encourage everyone to not only ask for help but also help contribute. Your contributions could make a huge difference in someone's life such as mine. Thanks AFAS and all the people who have put into this program to make it what it is today.

--Rodney

Emergency Travel for the family
Thursday, June 25, 2015

My father passed away three days prior to me having our now 3 month old daughter. Since I was pregnant I was unable to see him in his last moments of life and was only able to speak with him on the phone briefly the day prior to him passing. Through Air Force Aid my family, (my husband and I are both active duty) were able to get plane tickets for both of us and a loan to pay for my 6 year old son's ticket. It was extremely helpful for us since we pay each year to travel to Washington State to visit my family after my son’s visitation with his father in my hometown. It helped a lot for me to be with my family during such a tragic time and Air Force Aid helped make that possible for us without having to go into a great deal of debt. We are thankful every day for this service to military members and I always contribute money to this great cause because of the help it has provided my family and me.

--Carolann

Focusing on her Spouse
Thursday, June 25, 2015

I cannot thank the Air Force Aid Society enough for the help they provided. I was notified that my spouse, who was currently living in another state as I had recently PCSed and he had yet to join me at my new assignment, had been taken to the hospital after suffering a stroke. As you can imagine, I was not expecting anything like that to occur. Immediately, I notified my First Sergeant who got in contact with the Airman and Family Readiness Center. They coordinated a flight for me a few hours later to join my husband at no cost to me because of the generosity of the Air Force Aid Society. I was able to focus my attention on my husband’s care and not how I would manage to get to him financially. The Air Force Aid Society was truly a blessing in the midst of a very unfortunate situation.

--Maria

Why our family supports AFAS
Thursday, June 25, 2015

Our son and brother, A1C W Dustin Pierce was serving proudly with AFTAC at Patrick AFB when he was taken from us in an off base accident December 28th, 2006. Our family continues to honor him in many ways, one of which is to gift the AFAS in his memory. At times we would have provided gifts to Dustin, we now gift AFAS in the hopes that it helps another Airman or their family in a time of need. Our loss continues to resonate in our family as the holiday season and the anniversary of his loss approaches. His memory will remain with us always and in his memory we hope to provide some degree of help and assistance to others on his behalf. Dustin, we love and miss you.

The Pierce Family

Getting home to Mom
Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Air Force Aid Society was a huge help in my time of need. I received word that my mom had a stroke and that it was not looking good for her. The Red Cross contacted my squadron to let them know what was going on and it went from there. My wonderful 1st Sergeant took me to the Airman and Family Readiness Center so that they could help me with my plane ticket to get home. And they did just that. I was so grateful, because everyone knows trying to fly last minute can cost a pretty penny. The Air Force Aid Society was there in my time of need and at a crucial time in my life. My mom passed away and I needed to be there and they helped me do just that, be there. I really appreciate that help that I was given and I just want to say this is a wonderful program and I thank you very much.

--Aja

Thankful to AFAS supporters
Thursday, June 25, 2015

A few weeks after PCS-ing into my new duty station my wife's stepfather passed away. This was a particularly rough time for my wife because her father passed away a few years prior and due to purchasing our first house and moving ourselves through a DITY move. The only reason my family was able to pay our final respects was because of the Air Force Aid Society, and for that I will always be thankful to those who support the AFAS.

--Jacob

Caring Staff
Thursday, June 25, 2015

The AFAS has got to be one of the best programs that the Air Force has to offer. Time and time again they have been there for me when I needed it. But this last time, no words can describe how truly thankful I am. Not only did they help me once again, but was also given a grant in which I didn't have to pay back! The staff always show genuine concern for your well-being and go the extra distance to get you the help you need. Thank AFAS!

--Luis

Starting Over
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

The AFAS helped me recently when I came home from Korea to see that my wife took everything I owned, ran up all my credit cards and destroyed my credit. I had nothing and was in dire times that left me using my own money to rent and car to get to and from work. The same rental car that I had to live in to survive and get back on my feet again. The AFAS helped me with a grant so that I could buy food. I am now 100% combat disabled retired and having to learn to live again. If it wasn't for the few dollars that the AFAS helped out with, I would not have survived to see my own retirement ceremony.

Thank You - Anthony

Family Medical Emergencies
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

October 1, 2014 my wife gave birth to our beautiful baby girl, Clara. Early in our pregnancy, our baby was diagnosed with a condition known as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, essentially a hole in her Diaphragm causing her stomach, intestines, and liver to crowd her lung and heart development. We were immediately referred to the specialists at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

The doctors warned us that due to this condition she would more than likely come earlier than the average baby. Additionally, our staying the Cincinnati area would ensure that our little lady could receive the expert and specialized neonatal intensive care (NICU) that she would require. As such, they preferred us to stay in Cincinnati from 35 weeks onward. Sure enough, our little miracle arrived at 36 weeks and 6 days! My wife, Amanda, had an emergency cesarean section at 3:00 am and baby was put on specialized life support called ECMO!

Not only are we thankful for the staff and physicians at Cincinnati Children's but we are forever indebted to the kindness and generosity of the Air Force Aid Society. With the assistance of the AFAS we were able to stay in Cincinnati without financial hardship just days before our daughter was born. The funds for our family were truly priceless!

Being able to have my wife close to the medical facility was vital to our baby's well-being. At 3:48am our little bundle of joy was born and little Clara was able to get the immediate life support that was paramount to her survival.
Now, just 8 weeks later, Clara is surpassing the expectations of her surgeon. She is not out of the woods yet but is making amazing strides toward going home in the coming months.

We thank you and feel so privileged you found our family worthy of such an amazing gift!

Many Thanks ~ The Myers Family: Chris, Amanda, Aidan, and Clara

 

Help with a Financial Bump in the Road
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

I would like to first thank the AFAS for helping me out when I needed it. I was a pipe liner right out of basic training and there was a problem with Finance so all the pipe liners who graduated in the same month as me weren’t getting paid due to an error in the system. With over a month of not being paid and running through my savings the loan they gave me helped cover the bills I had like rent, so thank you AFAS again for your support. - Cody Loomis

Emergency Travel for the Drain Family
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

AFAS was nothing short of amazing when it came to helping my family in our time of need. We had just PCS'd from the south to the west coast. We had to do a full DITY due to time. To top it off it was peak PCS season and travel voucher payouts were behind. Then less than 1 month after our arrival to our new base my father-in law passes. Now that we are far away and our funds are low we had no idea how we were going to get to the burial. Thanks to AFAS, they helped me and my family bury our loved one with just a short notice. We truly appreciate everything the counselors and the program did for us. Without them we would have never been able to say our final goodbye. Thank you and may God continue to bless this program and it's workers.

A Loss in the Family
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

My name is Tony Eclavea. I am a Technical Sergeant with 14 years of Active Duty Service under my belt. I donate to the Air Force Aid Society because I believe in the services they provide to our Airmen in times of crisis and great need. I joined the Air Force out of Guam U.S.A. and that is where I call "home".  I am currently stationed in Oklahoma at Vance AFB. Adjusting to a new location is always a great hurdle to overcome especially when home is so far away.

Recently, I lost my grandmother to pneumonia. As a young child my father was a single parent and my brother and I lived with my grandmother. She has been a vital part of developing me into the man I am today. When I notified my chain of command of the loss in my family they guided me through the Red Cross notification process so that if requested by my family I might be able to return home. I informed my chain of command that I was not financially prepared for such a trip. My commander eased this stress by using an AFI authorization to fund my travel on emergency leave status. Immediately without request the Air Force Aid Society representative offered additional financial assistance to cover any other necessities I might need while traveling or attending and supporting the funeral. I would not wish the tragedy I experienced on anyone. However, thanks to the support from my chain of command and the Air Force Aid Society I was able to get the closure with my grandmother I so desperately needed. I am forever grateful for the assistance that I received. From the bottom of my heart, Thank you!
- Tony Eclavea, TSgt, USAF

Emergency Travel for Daniel Carlan
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

In 2014, I had a death in the family, and no money to get home. Within hours of notifying my leadership, not only did I have a plane ticket paid for, but I also had money for food. I arrived just in time for the funeral. The AFAS had loaned me money for all required expenses and allowed me to make payments at a set amount in accordance with my pay grade. When it was all said and done, I spent the needed time with my family and everything was paid for.

Wounded Warrior Assistance
Wednesday, December 03, 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.

Family Medical Emergencies
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

First and foremost, I want to extend my appreciation to you for providing my family with assistance in our time of need. I was injured while on a combat patrol in Afghanistan. Nobody ever wants their family to receive that phone call or have their leadership approach their house while they’re deployed. My wife had that unwanted meeting and phone call just short of 5 months into my tour.

Not prepared for what she might see or the travel arrangements she needed to make, she set aside her life and removed my children from school to be by my side in San Antonio, TX until I was released by medical to return home. After just two days of being in San Antonio, I had received a check to reimburse my account and to offset some of the additional cost from this unfortunate situation. So I can never thank you enough for your assistance.

 

The Augugliaro Family
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The Air Force Aid Society is there when you need us.  Meet the Augugliaro Family. The Augugliaro's 3 year old daughter, Anolani is medically fragile and requires around the clock care 24 hours/day, 7 days a week. Although the Air Force is currently assisting the family with respite care it came to the attention of Air Force Aid Society that we could help the family with additional respite care on the weekends after Mrs. Augugliaro undergoes surgery. We thank the Augugliaro’s for sharing their story and encourage others to always come to Air Force Aid when you need help!

Baby Olivia
Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Meet baby Olivia! Born at just 28 weeks and under 2 lbs, Olivia is doing great and is now home. AFAS helped Olivia’s dad, an Air Force Reserve SSgt activated on Title 10 orders, to make the long trips to the hospital to be with Olivia upon her birth and weeks in NICU. Our base representative, Angela Sanclemente summed it up nicely when she said "Cases like this make it all worth it!" We are so glad we could help.

When Times are Tight
Thursday, September 25, 2014

I was on Title 10 orders and did not have a government travel card to my disposal. I am a reservist and had to pay all my expenses for my annual tour out of pocket. Unfortunately, I had very little funds due to bills I had to pay before coming on orders. The AFAS was able to give me a Falcon Loan to pay for my lodging and they even gave me a 200 dollar grant for food. I am so grateful for the help. Thank You!

In the Most Difficult Times
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sadly, my first born Son died in 2008. Had it not been for Air Force Aid we would never been able to bring him home… He died in another state and was in the morgue at that city… We didn't have the funds to transport him home. My husband served 21 years and the Air Force rescued us and our dilemma… We will forever be grateful.
Thank God for their compassion at this most difficult of times.
Sincerely,

A grateful Mother

Helping Families with Rent
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The Air Force Aid Society gave me the assistance I needed to make it through a very difficult time. I was faced with the inability to take care of my monthly expenses for the month of June 2013. I was not only unable to pay my rent, but didn't know how I was going to put food on the table for myself and two children. Asking for help is difficult for me because I feel I'm responsible for myself and my children. It's my job to make sure our needs are taken care of. As soon as I told Richard Elsbury I needed help he went into action trying to figure out how get what I needed. The process went smoothly, I never felt humiliated, and I was overwhelmed by such generosity. I'm grateful and appreciative to Richard, the Air Force Aid Society, and everyone behind the scene who was involved in helping me. Thank you!

Getting through Pay Issues
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I had to request a small loan because after a year of waiting for the VA to increase my disability rating they finally did; however, they stopped my USAF retirement but never sent me the VA disability checks for over 4 months. During that time we lived off of our savings. When that ran out we let our rent get behind and the AFAS helped with a month of rent so we wouldn't be evicted. They also allowed the repayment to be a very small amount since we are now rebuilding our savings account again after the VA finally started to pay my compensation funds.

- Ronda Zaragoza

Helping Family through Tragedy
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I had just finished paying my bills with that one paycheck that seems to cover them all, when tragedy struck. My baby sister had lost her one year old to a freak accident. She called crying, telling me she couldn't handle it alone, and that she needed me home. I was out of funds and as a new Airman on my own two feet, the idea of having a savings account seemed like a dream too far away. I was without the funds to hop on the next plane home. I needed a way to come up with the money, so a good friend of mine ushered me into the offices of the Air Force Aid Society. Within hours I had the $750 and was purchasing a ticket home. I was able to go home and be with my sister. It was awe inspiring and I am so grateful.

- Jennifer Douglas

Travel for Father's Funeral
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

It's never a good thing, when your phone rings in the middle of the night. It took me a moment to realize the fact that I was even awake. It was then that I noticed that not only was my phone ringing, so was my wife’s. I found that it was my sister, trying to get a hold of me to tell me that my father had been rushed to the hospital. I quickly called the on call doctor only to be informed that they didn't want to notify a family member that their loved one had passed via voicemail. That's how I learned my dad had died. The next 48 hours were a blur. My wife and I had just been dealt some unexpected expenses regarding my son's medical needs and his school. Financially, we were a wreck, and now I had an unexpected trip to Massachusetts to plan. Without Air Force Aid, I would never have made it home to be with my family in their time of need. I am forever grateful for the professionalism of the AFAS staff, and of their willingness to help me. Without their assistance I would not have made it through a terribly stressful situation.

- Jason Leighton

Saying Goodbye to Grandfather
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

My grandfather, who was 97 years old, passed away in September 2013 while I was stationed in Hawaii. We knew it wouldn't be long due to his health rapidly deteriorating over the past month, but still were not ready for him to go. Last minute ticket prices to leave the island I found online were extremely high. I was not able to come up with the $2,000 to fly home and bury him. The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) was there for me when I needed help during this difficult time. Within hours I had my tickets and was ready to fly out. The support by the staff to get this done was amazing and made everything simple. They found cheaper tickets and gave me an interest free loan to purchase them. It meant the world to me and my family to be able to fly in so quickly to say our final goodbye, lay him to rest and mourn together. I am forever thankful for the AFAS and happy that this program will be available to future members who unfortunately may need assistance like I did.

- Steve Hirzel

Housing and Emergency Travel
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I have used the Air Force Aid Society on two separate occasions. The first occasion was when I first came to F.E. Warren from tech school. My wife and I had just moved here and barely had any money left. There were no houses on base available we had nowhere to stay after our TLF time was up. I then heard about the Air Force Aid Society through a fellow co-worker. I used the Air Force Aid Society to come up with the money to put down first months’ rent and deposit to rent a place for my family to live. The second time I used the Air Force Aid Society was just a couple of months ago when my wife had an unexpected death in her family and we needed to go home immediately. I contacted the Air Force Aid Society through the A&FRC and they were able to loan me the money to fly my family back home on just two days’ notice. This program has been very helpful to me and my family and payments are simple and at a very manageable cost.

- Nicolas Sisco

Housing and Uitilties Overseas
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

My story starts when I was moving off base in August of 2013. I had notified finance and they had informed me that my pay would be updated. But it wasn't. So I tried taking out a loan through them so I could pay my first months’ rent, my deposit, and my utilities bills. But that loan wasn't going through, and finance had lost my paperwork. So it was now going on October and I was distraught. I went to the A/FRC here on Ramstein and told them my predicament and how the landlord was looking to not even let me live there if I wasn't going to pay. Within 24 hours of filling out the application, I was approved for an interest free loan and if even showed in my account! It saved me so much hassle and I couldn't thank them enough!

Thank you AFAS!!

- Matthew Beverst

Vehicle Repairs
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

This is the second time that Air Force Aid has helped me in a tight spot. I was TDY for training in Texas and due to the length of the training and how close I was to the site I was able to drive my car there. While I was out there I started having severe issues with my vehicle. All total the repairs were right at $3,000. I don't exactly have that amount of money just laying around so I turned to AFAS. In 2 days they were able to approve me to get the interest free loan to have the vehicle repaired. I am so grateful that this service exists and don't know what I would do without it.

- Joshua Brown

Budget Help
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I was pregnant, almost married and moving off base out of the dorms to an apartment. I had very little savings and needed help with a deposit that my fiance and I couldn't afford at that time. I needed first months’ rent plus arrears and I didn't have it, but I also didn't know anyone who could afford that amount either. I remembered someone telling me about AFAS in a briefing and I wondered if they would help me or not. Sure enough when I went there, they were very helpful and asked only necessary questions. They helped me to make a budget that even showed me I should be having a surplus every month. They were friendly and the woman who helped me even gave advice asking if it was okay to give it first on my impending nuptials. She was very sweet and encouraging. AFAS was there for me in a bind and for that I will forever be grateful and donate to this cause for the next person in need. And because of them and the budget they helped me put into place I have not missed any bills or rent. They are simply amazing!! Thank you AFAS!!!!

- Cristal Pittman

Saying Goodbye to a Beloved Family Member
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I had a death in the family, my uncle followed us to live in a different state when I was growing up. He was there on countless holidays, weekend BBQs and always ready to do something with us. He was such a huge part is my life growing up. Within a month he went from healthy to his death bed. I didn't have the money saved up to visit him before he died. When he passed 4 hours after being notified he was sick I contacted the Air Force Aid Society, they were able to pay for my ticket out to the funeral on short notice. I am incredibly thankful to them for making it possible to honor his burial and spend time with my family in California. Thank you so much AFAS!

- Melissa Gonzalez

Transition to Retired
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

As an NCO that was medically retired after almost 18 years of service I referred my Airmen to programs like AFAS. I always felt that I would never use programs like these, I would contribute to them, and make sure my subordinates took advantage of this program. The transition was difficult to civilian status. An uninsured motorist caused an accident with me, and even with a $200 deductible I had zero money to my name as I was furloughed at the time along with the concern of my receiving my VA payments were in question. I walked in to my local Family Support Center with my head held pretty low. The process was short, not intrusive, and I left with my head a little higher than when I walked in. Suck up the pride, use the resources, and pay it forward. No matter what the rank life happens. Reach out if you truly need it.

- Charles Harlan

Weathering a Pay Mix-up
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In October 2013 my children and I said good luck to my husband as he left for OTS. I was set to take care of the family with the added expense of daycare, before and after school care. As pay period came and went there was no pay for my husband. His chain of command did what they could to figure out what happened but time and again no pay. He was able to get assistance for some money, but it did not cover all daycare expenses and the added expense of our PCS as we now had orders to relocate. By the time my husband graduated there still was no correction in his pay. I was now stressed because my husband maxed the credit card he was using for extras and our saving were down to very little. I called my first shirt to see if we could figure out where the thousands of dollars in pay went. He told me about AFAS. We don't like to ask for money yet we were placed in a very hard place through no fault of our own. We gathered our paperwork and applied. It did help see us through that pay period and a call finally came to say that a check was available for the pay he did not receive, right before the Christmas holiday! Thank You AFAS!

- Aubrey Martins

Help After a Flood
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

During Memorial Day 2013, in San Antonio, Texas there were multiple flash flood warnings and VERY heavy rainfall over a 48hr period. This dense rain quickly filled up my backyard and when we woke up the next morning, there was 4-5 inches of rainwater/mud throughout our entire downstairs. We were able to pay for the repairs on our own immediately (as that was the priority), but then we got the AFAS to jump in and help us catch up our general bills such as mortgage, cable, phone, utilities, etc... then just a couple months later our main drain (sewer) line was destroyed by a tree root, I went back to AFAS and they were able to cut me a check for that repair that day...Saved us!!!

- Larry Gann

Helping Families through a Tough Spot
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I was a new Airman that had gotten stationed at Keesler AFB and I had just recently gotten married out of technical training. My wife wasn't on my orders or in D.E.E.R.S yet and she was pregnant. We hadn't received our marriage certificate and I was paying for food, utilities, and rent on Airman First Class pay and we were beginning to struggle. Still waiting on my marriage certificate, I turned to my leadership for help. My first sergeant referred me to the Airman, Family, Readiness center, where they gave me a loan to help feed my family and pay utilities. Honestly, I don't know what I would have done if we didn't receive the help we needed, but I need to take care of my family.

- Elizabeth Pedroza

Saying Goodbye to Father
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In September of 2013 my father suddenly fell ill. My mother had just returned from the hospital after a stroke and was not in the best health. I was notified via the Red Cross that my father had a total systemic failure and was on life support and would die. I was crushed. I am combat wounded and in the past three years had four PCS moves which depleted my savings. I needed to be there when they removed my dad from life support. AFAS was there and provided me with a loan to help with incidentals while I was home. I had already bought tickets and was on leave but needed the help. Thank you AFAS for helping me in my time of need.

- James Davis

Home to put Father to Rest
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

On March 7, 2014 I got a phone call that my Dad had suddenly passed away. I couldn't think, breathe, I was literally a body with nothing in it. Then Air Force Aid Society came to the rescue and took care of making sure I got home to put my father to rest. They found me a flight home that wasn't inconvenient and my boyfriend was able to get on the same flight. Losing my Dad was the worst thing I could have happen. Getting home was most important, I am the only child on my Dad's side; my aunt and uncle have no children. I owe everything to Air Force Aid Society. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't have been able to go home and see my family and put my father to rest.

- Emily Montuori

 

 

Help After a Natural Disaster
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

We make our plans in life, but the best of plans can change quickly. And when good goes bad it’s a great thing to have the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) there when you need it.
Moving overseas to live in a less expensive economy may look alluring, but can be more costly in the long run. My wife and I moved to Tacloban, Philippines in 2013. Plane tickets, deposits, moving costs, another car; these things add up. After eight months and almost being caught up with expenses, we were ready to enjoy a leisurely expatriate lifestyle. But this wasn’t to be.
On November 8, 2013 we were struck by Typhoon Haiyan. It was the strongest typhoon in history to strike land. Our home and all our possessions were destroyed. Over 10,000 people were killed. We were left with nothing but our lives. We escaped the disaster with just our lives and our little dog.
When we got back to the U.S. we had no idea where or how we would restart our lives. That’s when a friend reminded me that the AFAS was there for us, especially at a time like this. I realized that the AFAS was there for us when we endured the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1990. It was worth going to see if the Patrick AFAS could help.
Dignity, respect, and action, that’s what we found from everyone at the AFAS. They listened to our story then dropped everything to make sure we had the things we needed, deposit money for a home, household goods, and most of all, a sympathetic ear.
Now we are back and doing well. Without the AFAS I don’t think we could have done as well. No one expects the worst in life, but when unfortunate circumstances happen then you need a friend and help. I can’t place a cost on the AFAS –they are those friends who you can count on. Thanks guys, you are life savers!

- Michael Salazar

Broken Vehicle Window Repair
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Not long after I arrived at my first duty station I began having problems with the automatic window on my Jeep. It would often get stuck and I would need help to roll it back up. During one of the days I was in FTAC it had gotten stuck, I asked a fellow FTAC member to help move it for me and he accidentally pushed it in and shattered the glass. A replacement was $500. I did not have that on hand, but because I was in the middle of FTAC I had just learned about the AFAS. With their help and understanding I was able to replace my window and pay back the loan at a low $50 per month. It was a great resource to have available and I appreciate everyone who has donated to make its existence possible.

- Malarie Eagle

Car Repairs for Airman
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

While in TAPS I found out from my wife that there was something wrong with the braking system on my car. The readiness center was giving us a briefing that morning on financial aid we as veterans could receive. It just so happened they explained that the AFAS could help for my particular problem. I contacted a counselor and they helped me fill out the paper work and wrote me a check that day. It was very helpful as we use that vehicle to transport our family around.

- Sean Haynes

Family Emergency Travel
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I recieved a phone call that my wife's father had passed away. We needed to get back to Ohio (stationed in California) for the funeral and take care of the estate. Being a one income family with 3 children we didn't have enough money to purchase 4 short notice tickets. The A&FRC helped with getting tickets and the AFAS gave us 0% interest loan. My wife was able to be there and helped start her healing process.

- Lawrence McGuire

New Tires for an Airman
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

During my tour overseas, I was dealing with multiple family emergencies. I had utilized and depleted my savings account to fly myself and my family to Chicago and Los Angeles for family deaths and medical emergencies. In doing this my vehicle was in dire need of tires. The Air Force Aid Society assisted me in ordering and purchasing new tires. With the help of a great friend he waived the cost of the tire installation and balancing. Thank you Air Force Aid Society.

- Alexander Colon

Overwhelmed After PCS
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

It's such a blessing to know that in your darkest hour and time of need, the AFAS is in place to lend a helping hand. My husband and I just PCS'd to Travis from overseas and within 6 weeks we had yet to find him employment, 2 vehicles break down and a death in the family. A&FRC reached out and let us know about the AFAS and it was such a blessing to us. We are grateful for the support shown to us by our "other" family. Thank you AFAS from the bottom of our hearts!

- Megan Lewis

A Little Help through a Hard Time
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Air Force Aid Society helped us when we needed it the most. After my wife and I got married we had to take on new bills and adjust to new life as a newly married couple with a lot of curveballs. After arriving to our base we rented a house with our BAH still working itself out. We went a month paying rent out of pocket causing our other bills to take a hit. When things were starting to work themselves out, our used vehicle required immediate maintenance causing things to get out of control again. Without much to do I looked on the Aid Society’s website after being referred by someone who had been in a situation like my own. I filled out the application and got a very fast reply from the Airman Family Readiness Center. My wife, my son and I went in and the process was smooth and painless. The staff was extremely helpful and provided recourses for my wife who through all this was having a hard time finding employment. I would recommend anyone needing a little help to go through the Air Force Aid Society, it helped me and my family in a time when we needed it the most.

Child Care for Brianna Brown
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I just want to thank you for the Give Parents A Break Program. Today I had 4 hours to myself, without guilt of paying for a babysitter to have some me time (totally different when you have a date with your spouse). We agreed for me to stay home with our 2 year old son while DH is gone for the next year, to give him some stability and security. I really needed a break, which was hard to admit needing help. I am so grateful to your Society and to the employees of the Hanscom AFB CDC! My son had such a wonderful time, he didn't want to leave :) Thank you again for all you do - One VERY GRATEFUL Mommy!!!

Ready to Help in a Time of Need
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

My husband and I were stationed in Colorado, and at the time, we were working crazy schedules, and daycare was closing before we were off. My mother, who was living in California, offered to come pick them up and take them to California for a while with her.

After being there for 20 days, I received the worst call a mother could ever receive. My youngest son, who was only 4 months and 13 days old, had passed away due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. My husband and I immediately flew out to California. At the funeral home, we were given all of these fees for their services. They were not being demanding, of course, but they needed to be paid. Because of these unexpected fees, we had nothing saved for such a situation. You are covered by SGLI for dependents, but that money is not given immediately. So there we were, with this bill in our hands, and no money to pay them. Our Mortuary Affairs Liaison at our base got us in touch with AFAS. They sent us the money and we were able to pay the funeral home.

They helped us in our time of need, and made a stressful situation a lot less stressful. I am very thankful for what they were able to do for us.

Deirdre Jones
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I went on emergency leave back in July because I found out that my mom was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer. It had spread to her adrenal glands, lymph nodes and brain. After I returned, about a week later I found out that she had gone into a coma, and I thought I was going to lose her. From that moment, I went straight to the AFAS to apply for a loan to fly back out there again. They helped and approved me on the spot, then I was on a plane back to California the next day. I was there to be the one to sign paperwork for my mom’s brain tumor removal, and was there for her kidney removal as well. She has started treatment now, and is doing fine. The AFAS was there to get me through a time when I needed to be there for my family. I've never been so thankful for any other small gesture in my life. Thank you, AFAS!

Andrew Marlowe
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The AFAS really helped me in my time of need. It was near the end of a pay period when I didn't have much money left over until pay day. I found out I had a death in the family and needed a plane ticket the next day. The AFAS came to the rescue so I was able to be home during my families’ time of need. I would use them again and I advocate to my airmen to use them also.

James Hensley
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

My name is SrA James Hensley, I am a Security Forces member stationed in Vogelweh AB, Germany. AFAS helped me tremendously in my time of need. It was 28March2013 and I was coming off of a regular night shift. After turning in my weapons I had a talk with my supervisor to ask about emergency leave. My grandmother was recently diagnosed with Liver Cancer and the doctors said she probably wouldn't make it to Easter. While I was telling my supervisor of my ill grandmother, my dad had texted me letting me know that she just passed away. My supervisor helped me with my emergency leave routing to the 1st Sergeant and then I headed to my Family Readiness Center. They gave me a loan to cover my round trip flight from Baltimore to Florida where the funeral was going to be in 3 days when I didn't have the funds available. Because of them I was able to attend my grandmother's funeral and make it back to work financially sound. I will never forget the help and kindness they showed me. Thank you.

Savannah Purcell
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I just arrived at McChord and my pay hadn't been adjusted yet. However, I needed a little over $1,000 for a car repair which I just couldn't afford at the time. The AFAS loaned me the exact amount which was a great help to me. Plus having an interest free loan takes off a lot of stress.

Lyndon Fontenot
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I had recently moved here and had to go home multiple times for funerals and a broken back suffered by my father all within a six month time span. Those trips plus the move to Sheppard AFB put us in a bad financial situation. Air Force Aid graciously helped us twice. We are very grateful for their help. It helped us get through a tough time financially and allowed us to be there for our family when they needed our support the most.

Jonell Delgado
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

It all began with my car accident. I was driving down a 3 lane road, I was in the middle. Then all of a sudden the lady to my left suddenly tried to turn in to the gas station to my right so naturally, as I was in the middle and behind her I end up t-boning her. My front bumper was the only thing damaged, her car was wrecked. Seeing as she was in a hurry and my car still drivable no police were called, however making the claim she told her insurance it was my fault. Our insurances went into arbitration and she was found guilty of causing the accident. However, in the meantime my car started to fail and not work due to the accident and with no insurance claiming fault no repairs could get done, I turned to the AFAS for help on my car repair. Now my car is fully functional, without AFAS I would not have been able to go to work on time or even at all. Thank you Air Force Aid Society.

 

Brittany Halladay
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I needed a same day plane ticket to head to Michigan for my son and me to see my grandmother on her death bed. Unfortunately we did not make it but we were able to make the funeral. Without the AFAS support my 3 year old son and I would have missed the opportunity to say good-bye. They not only helped with funding but when I looked at the $700 a piece plane ticket they called their "insider" and got us a round trip for $600 total. That’s $900 savings!

Raymond Trombley
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Thank you AFAS. My family was going through my PCS to Korea at the time of our unexpected financial circumstances. My family was supposed to stay with family in Florida during my year in Korea. We moved them over to Panama City, FL from Marysville, CA so they would have family. We ended up spending most of our savings to get them there since the military would not move them to a non PCS location. Once we got there, plans fell through and we have to figure out something else to do. The only logical option was to move them to NY where my family is from. As stated above we used most of our saving to move to Florida so we did not have the financial means to move again. Thanks to the AFAS we were able to get a Falcon Loan and I was able to move my family up to NY to be with my family for the tenure of my 1 year tour to Korea. Thanks again AFAS!

Darryl Dove
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I am a retired veteran and wanted to share my AFAS story with you. This year has been a year of life changes/challenges. My wife and I were notified in April 2013 that my position was being moved to WA/OR area from Alaska and I had to make a decision to relocate or find another job. During this time is when I was notified my dad was sick and may need to be hospitalized. We relocated to the Portland, OR area in May and in the midst of trying to find housing and get stable, my father passed away in early June. We were still in temp housing and our finances was depleted. I needed to get to NC to meet with siblings to prepare funeral arrangements/take care of some business. We attempted to catch a hop out of McChord AFB, WA which is a 2 hour drive, but couldn't get out. I didn't have a lot of vacation time so I contacted the Red Cross and explained my financial situation. They were able to coordinate with the AFAS on a weekend and had my wife and I set for roundtrip tickets within a 24hr period. What a great load taken off my shoulders as we were able to go and spend quality time with family and get some business accomplished. It really was a blessing, because they assisted when no one else would even look our way. We really appreciate it. Thank you for caring...

Stacy Madden
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

My story began when my husband, myself, and our three children moved to Alaska. The move to Alaska was our first base as well as the first time we had been away from our families. We came with all our bills paid for a month and extra money in the bank. Then the "shock" PCS cost hit! We came to Alaska thinking, "we got this", but we were very under prepared. My pay was nAlaskaot correct. I was not getting BAH or COLA. Then temporary lodging said, "You have to pay for your room every two weeks."  I was completely overwhelmed with stress and had no idea what we were going to do. That was when my flight commander called our First Sergeant and she directed me to AFAS! What a blessing! Without AFAS I do not know what my family would have done. This program is absolutely amazing! With the help of AFAS we were able to pay for temporary lodging and manage until my pay was corrected and we were moved into our house. Again, what a blessing!

Christina Jump
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

My father fell ill quite suddenly after the holidays. I was short on cash and flying across country at the last minute seemed like it would be impossible. Fortunately AFAS was able to get me the funds for a plane ticket that night. I made it home to my Dad, and had a few last precious hours with him before he passed away. Without the funding or help I received it would have been impossible. I am so grateful for the help, and the ease of the process.

Jason Ward
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

My grandmother had terminal cancer, and the doctors did not know how much longer she had to live. I needed to get home to see her before she died, unlike when my grandfather died in 2007. I went to the AFAS and they were able to give me the money I needed to fly home within a couple of days and see my grandmother one last time, and spend as much time with her as I could.

Nicholas Martin
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

When I was put on active duty from the reserves, I did not receive pay for almost 3 months. AFAS stepped in and paid for my rent, twice! If it hadn't been for this important assistance, my family and I could have been evicted and possibly homeless. I will be forever grateful for AFAS and the assistance I received.

Christopher Toms
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

My name is TSgt Christopher J. Toms. I had just returned from a 7 month deployment in April 2012. My wife and son went on Emergency leave 25 days after my return due to her grandfather being hospitalized and given a less than 3% chance of living. In June of 2012 my then 1 year old son while on emergency leave with his mother in Michigan my son was hospitalized at Helen Davos Children’s hospital in Grand Rapids Michigan. He was seen by a local doctor in Sault Saint Marie Michigan and it was determined that he had Type 1 Juvenile diabetes. The local hospital was not equipped to handle his case and he was medevac’d to Helen Davos Children’s hospital. I was still in Alaska stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson when this happened. The AFAS within an hour of me being notified of my son’s condition via The Red Cross had plane tickets waiting for me to return to the lower 48 to be with my family. If it wasn’t for the AFAS I would not have been able to afford a last minute ticket from JBER to Michigan. Thanks to the AFAS I was able to be with my wife and son during the trying times our little family was encountering. The amazing steps taken by our local AFAS enabled me to attend the classes that are vital for my sons care and management of his disease. If not for the AFAS I would have not been able to attend the classes needed to care for my son since the classes at the Hospital are offered on site and provided immediately at the time of diagnosis. From the bottom of our hearts THANK YOU AFAS.

Sincerely, The Toms Family

Vehicle Repairs
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I was in need of vehicle repairs and as well all know at times, money can be tight. I had a friend recommend the AFAS. I had never used them before so I wasn't too familiar with the process, but I figured why not. I explained my situation to them and they told me that they would be able to help. They were able to loan me what I needed to make the repairs and the best part is that they loan was interest free. I worked out a payment plan that would allow me to pay back so much each month without crippling my budget. I really appreciate the help I got from AFAS and I would recommend them to anyone who is in need of a little help. Thank you!!

Jeffrey Ivey
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Well, we are a family of five and my oldest daughter has epilepsy, so having two vehicles is essential for us. I normally do all my own work on my vehicles, but being stationed overseas in the United Kingdom and not having the proper tools I was unable to perform the repairs myself. The Air Force Aid Society helped out tremendously in providing us the assistance that we needed in order to get our vehicle back up and running. Words cannot explain how grateful we are for the AFAS. We now know that we have a legitimate place to seek help if need be. Thank you so much AFAS from the Ivey Family: Jeffrey, Stefani, Braeden, Haylee and Kaitlin.

Frederic Lopez
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In 1959, I was being reassigned from Langley AFB VA to Hamilton AFB CA. We, my wife and one year old baby were traveling to our new assignment in our used 1958 Plymouth. About 30 miles from Fort Riley Kansas the crankcase went out on our auto. After the repairs our credit card company refused to pay as we didn't have sufficient insurance made out to them. The vehicle was impounded.

Fortunately we were near McConnell AFB KS where the AFAS folks went to work. They arranged and paid for a temporary insurance policy, covered my delay expenses and sent us on our way.

Wanda Murray
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I am writing to say just how extremely grateful I am for the AFAS. I am currently stationed in GA with my husband and daughter. My mother lives in LV and was ill so once I received the call I dropped everything and used up our entire savings getting a last minute flight to LV and staying in the hospital with her for over one month. Eating hospital food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I also paid the airline change fees as I changed my return flight several times depending on her condition. Well, at last she was stable and I was able to return to GA and within two weeks she passed and we required a last minute flight to LV at the height of the travel season and we simply could not afford the flight and had no other resources because we were also responsible for the funeral cost minus a minor insurance policy. The AFAS was there for us and approved the loan. In return not only have I shared this experience with everyone that I know, I have also decided to donate to the AFAS and now pass on to those in need.

 

SSgt Arrin Tune and Minot Flooding
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

SSgt Tune shared this story with the over 800 attendees at this year's Air Force Charity Ball.  Her emotional presentation had a huge impact on the audience.  Here is Sergeant Tune's story.....

"I am a single parent of two, Justin who is 7 and Emmalee who is 2.  When the flood hit, it was unbelievable, I thought to myself this couldn't happen to me.  Boy was I wrong, this could happen to anyone.  It is hard to explain the feeling of what was going through my head.  I had a lot of support from friends and family which is an incredible help in itself.

The first time I saw my house on the news with 10 feet of water surrounding it, I was in disbelief.  I knew then that I had lost my house and didn't know where to turn.  My leadership pointed me in the direction of the Airman and Family Readiness Center where they assisted me with my financial needs.  They informed me about Air Force Aid and asked if I would like assistance.  They also helped me fill out and send in the paperwork.

When we were able to return to our home the smell was horrible and I never knew how powerful water was and how much damage it could cause.  I didn't know what I was going to do.  When I made my decision to rebuild my home, I had a lot of people give me negative responses.  However, I was very determined to rebuild because this is my first home.  My kids and I have memories in this home.  The Air Force Aid Society gave me a grant for $10,375 to pay for the electrical.  When I got the call about Air Force Aid helping me, I cried....there was a huge relief lifted off my shoulders.  I also received $30,000 from FEMA.  All in all it has cost about $90,000 to rebuild.  I don't know how to show my appreciation so all I can do is say thank you to all who have helped me rebuild my home.  There are not enough words to express how grateful I am.  Thank you."

 

Owen Richardson
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

We'd like to thank Kayla Richardson for sending us this adorable photo of her son Owen and her words of thanks:  "My husband SrA Daniel Richardson, currently stationed at Little Rock AFB, and I would like to thank the AFAS for providing our family with a grant to fund our son Owen's cranial helmet.  We have been battling with Tricare and it has been a very stressful and tiring process.  We are so grateful for the grant and to have that stress lifted!  Owen received his helmet in August and has made amazing progress!  If he continues to improve at the same rate he will be out of it soon!  Thank you so much!"

The Robinson Family
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Mason Robinson was born on July 11, 2004.  At 2 1/2 months he began having seizures and was rushed to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder called Lissencephaly which literally means he has a smooth brain.  SSgt Mark and Sarah Robinson soon learned that very little is known about this condition and they felt lost and alone. AFAS first assisted the Robinsons with funds to travel to a lissencephally conference to faciliate care for Mason where Mark and Sarah finally learned he medical answers they needed and more importantly made lasting friendships that they say changed their lives.  Later AFAS assisted with the purchase of an adapted life jacket for aquatic therapy and a weighted blanket to limit movement for better sleep and a weighted lap belt to still his body and produce a more controlled motor response.  These items helped improve the quality of life for both Mason.

A New Friend for Carson
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Carson Bard has a new best friend.  His name is Vito and he is a very special service dog that can help Carson with all kinds of things.  One of Vito's special skills is detecting Carson's seizures.  AFAS provided travel and hotel expenses so the Bards could travel to receive training for Carson and Vito.  Air Force Aid Society Officer Betsy Conzo at McGuire AFB who worked with the Bard family provided this great picture of Carson and best buddy Vito.

Abby's Story
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

My name is Abby and I am nine years old.  I have an extremely rare genetic condition called Alcardi Goutieres Syndrome, or AGS-1.  I can't talk, walk or hold my head up, but I can smile real big!  My daddy, David is a police officer with the United States Air Force and he has served our country for 19 years on active duty.  My mommy, Stephanie, is a kindergarten teacher at a church.  My big sister, Riley, is in seventh grade and is the best siser every!

Because of my condition, I am wheelchair bound and 100% dependent on my family for my care 24 hours a day.  My daddy has to go away a lot for his job and that leaves Mommy and Riley to take care of me.  I really need a wheelchair accessible van to get me to my doctor appointments and just to travel safely. 

I ask for your help, and my family graciously thanks you for hyour support in making my dream a reality.

AFAS was pleased to be one of the organizations that helped to make Abby's dream a reality by providing a substantial grant toward the van's modifications.

 

Danielle Marie Downs
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

On behalf of our daughter Danielle, my family and I wish to express our gratitude with the Air Force Aid Scholarship. The scholarship had provided the education and leadership for Danielle to pursue her career as a social worker at the University of Alabama. Danielle’s career goal was to move near Eglin Air Force Base to help military families. She was only three years old, when her father left for Desert Storm. Her last research paper was on the needs and behavior patterns of the military children. The professors from the university had not read any research papers on this subject. Danielle was to graduate on May 7, 2011. 

According to her professors, Danielle would encourage other students not to give up and helped them with their class work. She worked over 30 hours a week, as an intern at the Temporary Emergency Services, and was a full-time student. On, Wednesday April 27, Danielle was one of the six students from University of Alabama tragically killed in the Tuscaloosa EF-5 tornado. Two of Danielle’s close friends died in the same house along with Danielle.

Terri L. Bordelon Downs

The Dismukes' Story
Thursday, November 07, 2013

A1C Matthew and Katie Dismukes’ son, Ryley, was born at just 25 weeks and required extensive medical care for the first few months of his life. As a newborn, Ryley was medivaced to Dallas Memorial where he underwent surgeries and remained at the hospital for several months. Air Force Aid helped the Dismukes by paying for their travel expenses between Tinker and Dallas and assisting with incidental expenses.

Lorna Fairchild, the AFAS caseworker who worked with the Dismukes, told us: "You have made a definite difference in the life of one Airman in particular and he and his family are truly understanding what is meant when we say that the military family takes care of its own! You guys have been an absolute blessing for this family!"

As the following pictures show, little Ryley has made wonderful progress.

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