The American Soldier exhibition’s appearance in our nation’s capital during 2008 was accompanied by a fund-raising event that benefited the primary support organizations for Soldiers, Marines and their families.
Army Emergency Relief (AER) is a private, non-profit organization that collects and distributes funds to relieve distress of members of the Army and their dependents. Since its founding in 1942, AER has disbursed over $1 billion in financial and educational assistance in the form of interest-free loans and grants.
Founded in 1904, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private, non-profit charity which provides need-based assistance to Sailors, Marines and their families. During 2007, its small professional staff and 3,400 volunteers disbursed $43.6 million in interest-free loans and grants to 45,690 recipients through 250 offices ashore and afloat around the world.