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Army Reserve Family Programs

Preparation and planning prior to the mobilization is the necessary first step Soldiers must take to ensure Family members have the resources to endure military separation. Army Reserve Family Programs offer tools and assistance for Soldiers and their Family Members .
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Army Emergency Relief (AER)

AERAER is a private non-profit and is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization, dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own". AER provides emergency financial assistance to Soldiers and their Families.

AER funds made available to commanders, are not limited, and are constrained only by the requirement of valid need. For these reasons, the AER assistance program is conducted within the Army structure by major commanders and their installation/organization commanders, through AER sections and other related organizations.

If an eligible Soldier or Family member is not near an Army installation with an AER section, assistance may be obtained through Air Force Aid Society, Navy – Marine Corps Relief Society or Coast Guard Mutual Assistance offices. If none of these offices are within 50 miles, assistance may be obtained through the American Red Cross call center at 1-877-272-7337.

Categories of emergency assistance:

  • Mortgage, rent, deposits, utilities
  • Food
  • Vehicle Repair
  • Funeral expenses
  • Medical/dental expenses
  • Personal needs when pay is delayed or stolen
  • Dependent Dental care
  • Cranial Helmets
  • Child Seats
  • Basic Furniture needs
  • Repair/Replacement of HVAC equipment
  • Repair/Replacement of major appliances
  • Car Rental while on emergency travel or when the primary vehicle is being repaired.
  • Car down payment when the cost to repair exceeds the value of the car.


  • Dependent Children of eligible Soldiers are eligible to compete for an scholarship for undergraduate-level education scholarships, through the Ursano Scholarship Program.
  • Spouses of eligible Soldiers are eligible to compete for undergraduate-level education scholarships, through the Spouse Scholarship Program.


  • Active Duty Soldiers and their Families
  • Retired Soldiers, receiving a retired check from DFAS, and their Families
  • Children and Spouses of “Gray Area” Retirees from the Army National Guard and Army Reserve are eligible to compete for scholarships
  • Army Reserve Soldiers, on orders for 30 days or more, and their Families. (eligible on the first day of the orders)
  • Army National Guard Soldiers, on Title 10 orders for 30 days or more, and their Families. (eligible on the first day of the orders.)

Joint Family Support Assistance Program Newsletter

Military Community and Family Policy which operates under the Office of the Secretary of Defense, provides policy, tools and resources to further enhance the quality of life of service members and their families.

Available for National Guard, Reserve, and Active Duty Service Members and their Families, the Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) Newsletter is produced monthly, providing up-to-date information about what is going on with JFSAP around the country as well as helpful tools and resources. The newsletter is published on Military OneSource.

Click on the link below to open the latest Newsletter!

Guard/Reserve On-site Sales

Guard_Reserve Picture The Guard/Reserve On-site Sales Program provides the commissary benefit to deserving Guard/Reserve members and their families that live in areas that are not close to an existing commissary store. These sales are not only for the Guard and Reserve ... they're for any authorized shopper. We bring the benefit directly to you at these sales which provide patrons savings of 30% or more; the same as active duty military and their families who shop the commissaries on a regular basis.

Featured Stories

June 13, 2013
Source: Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System

MARYSVILLE, Wash. – Members of the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, a U.S. Army Reserve unit headquartered here, showed their support for the families of fallen soldiers.

Four Army Reserve units will have a new center in September 2013 in Cape Coral, Fla. The official ground breaking ceremony was held on July 28 at the new site of a 46,610 square foot facility on 15 acres of land.

"I think there are thousands of other Soldiers who deserve this more than me, and as Soldier of the Year I'm just trying to honor them," said Sgt. Steven B. Davidson, an Army Reserve Soldier from Grand Prairie, Texas.

During the week of July 8-13, the Army Reserve Child, Youth and School Services, CYSS, held their annual Enrichment Camp in conjunction with the YMCA at Camp Hanes.

The Newark Armed Forces Reserve Center officially opened for business during a standing-room-only ribbon-cutting ceremony today.

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CSF2 LogoThe Army's Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness (CSF2) program represents the Army's investment in the readiness of the force and the quality of life of our Soldiers, their Families and Department of the Army Civilians. It increases their physical and psychological health and resilience, while enhancing their performance in combat and in life.

As the strength of our Army is our Soldiers, and the strength of our Soldiers is their Families, it is important that the Army build resilience and enhance performance of its most precious asset -- its people, ensuring our Army is prepared today and ready for the future.

To learn more and to take the Global Assessment Tool to confidentially assess your physical and psychological health based on four of the five dimensions of strength: emotional, social, spiritual, and family fitness, visit


Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness Video
Click here to watch a video about the CSF2 Program.

One of the Army Reserve’s most valuable assets is the relationship between our Soldiers and the communities in which they live. Support from families, employers and communities is essential to the strength of our Soldiers. The core values and skills that are developed and returned strengthen the fabric of the community and the nation.

- Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, 32nd Chief of Army Reserve and Commander, United States Army Reserve Command



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