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News from Our Partners - Air Force Assistance Fund Charities: There in Times of Need

The Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign held from March to May each year supports four charities—three of which are focused on assisting retirees and their spouses/surviving spouses and family members. The fourth, Air Force Aid Society is well-known to most retirees from our days on active duty when either we or a fellow Airman needed emergency assistance. All four charities do so much to take care of the Air Force Family from induction through retirement, and all Airmen can count on them still!

The Air Force Aid Society mission is to help relieve financial distress of Air Force members and their families and assist them in achieving their educational goals and improving their quality of life by providing proactive programs. In 2017 alone, the Air Force Aid Society provided over $15 million to more than 45,000 Airmen and their families through emergency assistance, educational and community programs. Headquartered in Arlington, Va., the Air Force Aid Society administers assistance through Airman and Family Readiness Centers around the world to offer emergency assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To learn more about the Air Force Aid Society, please visit

http://www.afas.org

The Air Force Enlisted Village provides a home for surviving spouses of retired enlisted Air Force members at Bob Hope Village (active, independent living) and Hawthorn House (assisted living and memory support) in Shalimar, Florida, near Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field. At Bob Hope Village and Hawthorn House, residents enjoy worry-free living and camaraderie while sharing memories of military life. To learn more about the Air Force Enlisted Village, please visit

http://www.afev.us

The Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation (AFVCF) was founded to encourage and facilitate philanthropic support for Air Force Village, Inc. founded in 1970, and its supported organizations. Their mission:  To improve lives by providing quality retirement living with an emphasis on individual well-being for all residents, and to provide support for widows and widowers in need of financial assistance. To date, thanks to generous contributors like you, nobody has ever been turned away due to a lack of ability to pay!  To learn more about the AFVCF and Blue Skies of Texas, please visit http://www.blueskiesoftexas.org/foundation

The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation helps widows and widowers of all Air Force Retirees, both officers and enlisted, through financial grants of assistance. These spouses spend much of their lives coping with the difficulties of military life, and supporting their spouses through years of active duty service. The LeMay Foundation provides assistance for as long as it is required. There are several spouses who have been receiving monthly checks for over fifteen years. LeMay also helps with a specific need they may be facing, in a single disbursement. LeMay doesn’t offer loans. All funds given are considered grants.

As this year's campaign gets ready to kick off in March, we ask you to remember the challenges you or friends faced as a young Airman...and know that our AFAF Charities realize some of those challenges haven't changed.  And we’re here to help as our “By Airmen, For Airmen” motto promises.

Visit http://www.afassistancefund.org  or email dpsoof.votingFund@us.af.mil <mailto:dpsoof.votingFund@us.af.mil>  or call 210-565-4351 to find out how you can help. Retirees can also fill in and print the donation form online at

http://www.afassistancefund.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Contribution-Form-retiree-v20170106.pdf