Mr. Andrew Lucht
White Sands Army Emergency Relief Officer
The 2014 White Sands Missile Range Army Emergency Relief (AER) Campaign is in full swing. The campaign began 1 March and will end 15 May, 2014. However, donations are welcome year round.
AER is a private, nonprofit organization founded in 1942 that is dedicated solely to “A Strong Tradition of Soldiers Helping Soldiers.”
AER has a yearly campaign to let Soldiers know what benefits and assistance are available to them and it gives them an opportunity to donate to an organization that may assist them sometime later in their career.
The theme for this year is “Army Emergency Relief; A Soldiers First Choice.” “I strongly encourage Soldiers and Family Members to make use of AER and its no interest loans for emergency financial needs they might have. The first and most important fact from this campaign is to let Soldiers and Family Members know that AER is a no interest loan alternative to loans from payday lenders, who charge incredibly sky-high interest rates”, stated Mr. Lucht.
In 2013 White Sands Missile Range donated $52,206.72 to AER. During 2013 the White Sands AER office assisted 92 Military Members in the amount of $130,083.51. That means for every dollar donated here at White Sands Missile Range $2.50 came back as assistance for our Soldiers.
The goal for this year is $50,000.00. As of today $19,910.98 has been donated.
Soldiers donate by allotment. Each unit has been assigned a “Key Contact” person who will make 100% face to face contact with each Soldier asking them if they would like to donate. If you are a Soldier and have not been contacted, talk to one of the key contacts listed below.
Key Contacts for 2E BN are: SGT Ellis, SGT Stolp, 1LT Soderling, 2LT Downey, SFC Clifford, SFC Chiu, SGT Blackall and 1LT Rice. Key Contact for McAfee and Dentac is SGT Merino and the Key Contact for the Command Group is SFC Acevedo. Any of these contacts can assist you with making a donation, or you may contact Andrew Lucht at 678-1337 for information on making a donation.
While civilians and contractors are not asked directly to donate, they may donate if they wish.
To donate by credit card please go to www.aerhq.org. Click on the donation tab and then on Army Annual Campaign tab. There is a drop down menu under the additional information section. Please select White Sands Missile Range so your donation is credited to our installation.
For more information on this year’s AER Campaign please contact Andrew Lucht at 678-1337 or firstname.lastname@example.org