(3) A designated portion of the funds raised by the joint Army Emergency Relief and Army
Relief Society Campaigns.
The Department of the Army sends a daily casualty list to the headquarters of the Army Relief
Society. Letters are then sent by the Society to the widows of Regular Army servicemen, offering
sympathy and assistance. Upon application for aid each case is referred to the appropriate local
representative. Cases are also reported through post representatives, chaplains, civilian branches,
civilian clergy, AER, Red Cross and other agencies. The welfare activities of the organization are
restricted to widows and orphans of Regular Army personnel. If a deceased husband or father was on
the active list, or was retired or discharged for physical disability, or received an honorable or a medical
discharge after a long period o service in the Regular Army, his widow and children may be eligible for
assistance. Suicide or death of a serviceman due to his own misconduct does not effect eligibility.
Widows or orphans of servicemen who are AWOL or general prisoners are eligible. Those of deserters
Army Community Service.
The Army Community Service program was established by the Department of the Army in 1965,
with the objective of providing information, assistance, and guidance to members of the Army
community in meeting personal and family problems beyond the scope of individual resources. The
Army has always made such a provision, but for the first time a central agency was established to bring
together the various service provisions at its command on an action or referral basis.
Active and retired military personnel and their dependents are eligible to utilize the services of
ACS. Appropriated and non appropriated funds and voluntary contributions are used in the support of
ACS in accordance with the provisions of AR 608-1.
The ACS is a command responsibility normally under the supervision of the assistant chief of
staff, G1, and operated under the supervision of a board. The policies of the board are implemented by
an executive committee and the staff of the ACS, which consists of military social workers, civilian
employees, enlisted personnel and trained volunteers. The number of volunteer committees will be
dependent upon the needs of the installation and the availability of qualified volunteers. In general, the
following committees will be operational on most installations: