Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society:
Each branch of service has an emergency relief society, a private organization which assists active-duty members, activated guard and reserve members and retirees with a financial hardship due to emergencies or unforeseen circumstances. These societies such as the Air Force Aid Society can provide financial emergency assistance based on need through either loans or when there is a particular hardship grants. Categories of emergency financial assistance include basic living expenses food, shelter and utilities, uninsured medical and dental expenses, emergency transportation, essential car repairs, pay problems, disasters and assistance for widows/widowers. The Military and Family Readiness Center processes requests for assistance. If an emergency occurs while you are away from home, the family center at any military installation can assist.