Emotionally disturbed family member.
Information about resources for assistance.
Information on child rearing.
The chaplain will find that many military families need the services of FSAA. A directory,
giving the location of member agencies, may be secured from Family Service Association of America,
44 East 23rd Street, New York, NY 10010. Accredited agencies of the association will be listed in the
classified telephone directories under the classification "Marriage and Family Counselors."
Army Emergency Relief (AER)
Army Emergency Relief was authorized by the Secretary of War and incorporated as a perpetual
organization on 5 February 1942 in accordance with the provisions of Title 5 of Chapter 5, the Code of
the District of Columbia. It collects and disburses funds for relief of financially distressed members of
the Army and their dependents. AR 930-4 governs the operation of the AER.
The AER is organized to be an instrument of morale. The Chief of Staff is chairman of the
Board of Governors, which consists of all MACOM commanders, the Commanding General of the
Military District of Washington, commanding generals of all major independent overseas commands
and such other persons as the chairman may appoint. The AER operates within the Army through
branches and/or sections.
A branch may be established at the headquarters of overseas commands, the headquarters of the
numbered armies and at Headquarters, Military District of Washington. A branch is nonoperational and
exercises general supervision over the functions of its sections.
Sections are operational units and may be established within any Army command or installation
to render emergency financial assistance.
Major commanders have command responsibility over AER activities through inspections and