Since emergency need is the controlling factor, assistance normally is not rendered by the AER
in the following types of cases:
(3) Chronic or prolonged illness on a long term basis.
(4) Financing of business ventures.
(5) Maintenance of an individual's standard of living incommensurate with his pay and
allowances or to provide regular supplementation of pay and allowances.
(6) Civilian court fees, fines, judgments, liens, bail, legal fees and income taxes, except if they
will cause the immediate privation of dependents.
(7) Purchases merely for convenience or luxury.
(8) Travel expenses for non-emergency type leave.
Coordination with the Army Relief Society and the American National Red Cross. Assistance
rendered by the AER should not conflict with or duplicate the financial assistance program of the
American National Red Cross or the Army Society.
The Army Relief Society (ARS) certificate of incorporation states that its purpose is to provide
relief, in case of emergency, for dependent widows and orphans of the officers and enlisted men of the
Regular Army of the United States; to solicit and create scholarships and supervise educational
opportunities for such orphan children.
The Society consists of voluntary groups of Army and civilian women operating under the Board
of Managers. The commanding officer at each post is requested to appoint one woman member of an
Army family, preferably the Commander's wife, as Army Relief Society Representative. She is
responsible for carrying out the policies and directives of the national headquarters of the Society. Post
representatives work closely with the chaplain, AER and Red Cross. Where there is no Army Relief
Society representative, the Red Cross investigates for the Society. Civilian community branches are
composed of retired personnel and friends of the Army.
Funds for the Society are received from the:
(1) Income from invested reserves.
(2) Annual membership dues, voluntary contributions, memorials and legacies.