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On 27 February, the Department of the Air Force launched the 50th annual Air Force Assistance Fund 50 Years of Caring Campaign at Air and Space Force Bases worldwide. Thanks to your generosity, over $243 Million has been donated by Airmen and Guardians, and other supporters over these past 49 years, providing a safety net for our fellow Airmen, and now Guardians as well as their families. Your contributions helped provide a total of over $45,000 in assistance in 2022! I’d like to enjoin you to continue your support of these four extraordinary charities, committed to taking care of our own.
The Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation provides the full spectrum of care for widows and widowers of retired Air Force Officers living at Blue Skies of Texas in San Antonio, just down the road from Lackland AFB. Thanks to your generous donations over the years, over 600 surviving spouses have been served. Over $26 million has been invested in their care since 1970 and you’ll be glad to know 100% of gifts go directly to the residents’ living expenses and continuing care to allow them the peace of mind to live comfortably in their homes with a secure future. Today, deserving recipients live in all levels of care; independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care. Your contributions allow them to live in dignity and safety.
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) provides support to Airmen, Guardians, and their families when they need it most. Thanks to your generous contributions and donations AFAS provides emergency assistance support, educational scholarships, as well as community support programs such as childcare programs, parenting classes, as well as a spouse employment program. AFAS provided over $13 million in direct assistance to over 17,000 Airmen, Guardians, and their families in 2022. This year, they celebrated the 20th anniversary of their annual Charity Gala, where they partnered with the Gala Committee from the Air Force Officers' Spouses' Club (AFOSC), Spouses' Clubs and Thrift Shops from across the Air and Space Forces, along with corporate and organizational sponsors. With over 500 attendees at this year's event, more than $595,000 was raised to help Airmen, Guardians, and their families. Thus far in 2023, AFAS has provided over $2,600,000 in emergency assistance support and recently processed over 700 cases and granted over $400K to Airmen, Guardians, active duty, reserve, guard, retirees that reside on Guam who were affected by Typhoon Mawar in under 4 days. Again, we couldn’t make this happen with you!
The Air Force Enlisted Village, located in the Florida Panhandle near Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field, continues a long tradition of providing a home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted USAF members who require independent living, assisted living, and memory care in a retirement community setting with their peers. No eligible surviving spouse has ever been turned away due to an inability to pay. Your donations assist with monthly service fees, transportation to and from medical appointments and grocery shopping, prescription pick up, wellness activities, and much more. Because of you, all 600 of our residents receive essentials that many of us take for granted yet are so important as we age: a safe home, security, dignity, independence, and camaraderie. Your generosity over the past 50 years has provided a home with a caring staff and elevated services for thousands of our senior Air Force family. Thank you!
The General & Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation provides financial support to the surviving spouses of officer and enlisted Air and Space Force retirees with grants of monetary assistance that don’t ever need to be repaid. Monthly grants range from $200 to $625. One-time support is provided for unplanned expenses as well. Last year, more than $23,000 one-time grants helped with past due mortgage payments, dental needs, and emergency lodging. Your support continues to matter to the current 63 spouses receiving monthly aid to help with the necessities of life. These grants make everyday living a little easier with personal care costs, transportation services, and meal deliveries. And thanks to your generosity, in 2022, the LeMay Foundation provided over $341,000 in grants to their recipients.
If you haven’t yet had the opportunity to give but so desire, you can give anytime online now at https://www.afassistancefund.org. Just click the “DONATE NOW!!” button near the top right of the page. You’ll be taken to our donation page where you can choose to either use a donation form to authorize payroll deduction donations, or document where you’d like your check or money order donation to go. Then there’s our “E-Giving” option where you can help out your favorite base and squadron by giving directly to their campaign—just scroll down to the “DONATE TODAY WITH OUR NEW PEER-TO-PEER PLATFORM” box and click the “Donate Today!” button. You can also give by texting AFAF to 50155 using your smart phone.
By any of these E-Giving options, a one-time donation as well as recurring (monthly) donations may be made by either credit/debit card or by e-Check (draw from checking). We know many retirees have asked in the past to be able to give on a continual basis without having to renew the Payroll Deduction Plan allotments each year—now we have that capability with e-Giving by using your credit card, debit card or authorizing auto-draft from checking (e-check)! Join the AFAF Wingman Squadron today by signing up for monthly giving and your monthly donation won’t automatically stop after just one year—unless you pause or stop it yourself. You’re in full control with your giving account! In fact, if you authorize monthly recurring e-giving, it’s highly recommended that you set up an account. You can do that after making your donation online by going to https://secure.qgiv.com/for/afassistancefund and clicking the “Sign In” link In the box that pops up, you can log in with Facebook, Google, Apple, or if you’ve already established an account, you can enter your Username/Password. Otherwise, please click the “Create an Account” link. This account will give you the autonomy to manage your monthly gifts without needing assistance. If you need help linking your account to your monthly gift, please contact Department of the Air Force Fundraising at email@example.com.
Again, if e-Giving isn’t your thing, that’s okay. You can still give by check, money order, cashier’s check, or through the annual payroll deduction plan from your retired pay. The contribution form can be found online at https://www.afassistancefund.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/DAF_2561-20221026.pdf Please be aware that payroll deduction allotment authorizations mailed to AFPC will not begin coming from retired pay until 1 July 2023.
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Mail Check and Payroll Deduction Plan Donations to:
AIR FORCE ASSISTANCE FUND
550 C STREET WEST
JBSA RANDOLPH TX 78150
Thank you once again for your continued support of the annual AFAF Campaign, and our fellow Airmen, Guardians, and their families. Retired, but still Active!