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Question:
What kind of scholarships are available to military family members and where can I find out about them?

Answer:
There are a number of scholarships available to military family members such as the Scholarships for Military Children Program, the MG James Ursano Scholarship Fund, community-based scholarships funded by private organizations in military communities, ROTC scholarships, scholarships offered by the different military service associations, etc. Information on many of these scholarships is available on the Internet or visit your military community’s Education Assistance center for more information.

Question:
Where can I find financial assistance if funds are not available to support my family while my spouse is deployed?

Answer:
The Family Assistance Center (FAC) supporting you during your Soldier's deployment may be able to provide some assistance in securing emergency funds through the Army Emergency Relief program. FAC personnel, in conjunction with the Rear Detachment Commander (RDC), may be able to provide other resources to assist you and your family.

Question:
Where can I get financial counseling to help me get out of debt?

Answer:
Visit the Financial Readiness office at in the Army Community Service (ACS) center for assistance with financial counseling or check your local telephone directory for debt consolidation agencies. Your local financial institution may also be able to provide some assistance.

Question:
Where should I go to find information on assistance available through the Army Emergency Relief (AER)?

Answer:
The first visit should be with your unit commander, then your military community's Army Emergency Relief (AER) office. AER has reciprocal agreements with similar agencies in the other services and the American Red Cross to provide assistance to those in need if an AER section is not conveniently available. There are more than 1800 locations around the world where AER assistance is available.
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