55th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 14, 2019
The 2018 Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs from March 26 to May 4.The AFAF has four different charities: the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Village, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)
The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign begins March 18 with the focus on Airmen helping each other through four affiliate charities.
The charities included in the AFAF are the Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation, General and Mrs. Curtis LeMay Foundation and the Air Force Enlisted Village.
“The unwritten definition of why the military is the greatest organization in the world is the camaraderie and brotherhood,” said Master Sgt. Sean Reynold, 2d Weather Squadron and AFAF alternate installation project officer. “I tell my people all the time when someone is in need, we take care of each other. Through this campaign you are helping more than just the Airmen inside your organization as well.”
Active duty Airmen, retirees, Reservists and Guardsmen will be canvassed by representatives before the deadline for those willing to contribute. Civilians can contribute but you will need to contact the representatives directly to contribute and you will only be able to contribute by cash or check.
The Air Force Enlisted Village supports the Bob Hope Village in Shalimar, Florida, near Eglin Air Force Base. The fund provides homes and financial assistance to retired enlisted members' surviving spouses who are 55 and older. It also supports Hawthorn House (also in Shalimar), which provides assisted living and memory care for residents, including limited nursing services when needed.
The Air Force Aid Society provides Total Force Airmen and their families worldwide with emergency financial assistance, educational support and various base-level community enhancement programs.
The Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation supports independent assisted living and memory and nursing care for retired officers and their spouses, surviving spouses and family members. Communities are located in San Antonio, Texas, close to Lackland Air Force Base and the San Antonio Military Medical Center.
The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation provides monetary grants for rent and other purposes to surviving spouses of officer and enlisted retirees. Grants include one-time payments to help with unexpected expenses and monthly assistance to help surviving spouses remain in their homes and live with dignity.
One-time donations are accepted by cash or check to one or more of these AFAF funds. Active-duty members and retirees can donate by giving monthly from their military pay accounts to one or more of the funds.
Active-duty members can choose to have payroll deductions for three to 12 months, while retirees can do so for 12 months. Under certain conditions, Guard and Reserve members can sign up for payroll deductions for three to 12 months beginning in June.
The AFAF goal for Offutt this year is around $101,000 and will end on April 26.
For Reynolds and many other Airmen, the campaign is important for personal reasons.
“When I was a young Airman, I had gotten married and was already at my duty station and needed to move my family,” he said. “The Air Force Aid Society gave me a $1,000 and it covered my expenses.”
For information about the AFAF, visit www.afassistancefund.org. To donate, contact a squadron representative.