The Army Emergency Relief program has expanded its financial assistance eligibility for Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers impacted by COVID-19 missions or policy.
Reserve and National Guard personnel mobilized in support of COVID-19 relief efforts can now request AER support upon Title 10 or Title 32 activation. Soldiers can also receive AER assistance for up to 30 days after deactivation, as necessary.
Guard and Reserve personnel must be activated on orders for 30 or more consecutive days to receive AER assistance. This requirement is often waived during a natural disaster or national emergency to support a Soldier’s combat readiness through financial stability.
During Hurricane Maria, for example, AER waived the 30-day requirement and provided nearly $4 million in assistance to ARNG and USAR Soldiers living in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Waiving the 30-day active-duty status obligation allowed all Soldiers in the impacted area to request assistance and receive financial support.