A project of The Retired Enlisted Association's Foundation

Armed Forces Aid Campaign

Financials updated February 28, 2017

The vast majority of each dollar raised (73%) goes toward the actual aid we provide, the administration of that aid, and program services. Fundraising accounts for only about 13% of each dollar raised. This falls well under the guidelines issued by the Better Business Bureau that no more than 35% should be spent on fundraising. Our Board is all volunteer and, as retired military ourselves, we're well aware of the types of assistance our armed forces personnel and their families need. The most important category is Aid to Active Duty Troops and Veterans.  This figure represents the amount of direct aid we give to families and soldiers and includes such items as medical assistance not covered by the VA, travel assistance so a family member can be with a wounded family member, help in making a soldier's house accessible for his wheelchair and much more.  Benevolent Assistance represents help given to veterans and their families who are suffering financial hardship.  Phone Cards are provided to soldiers stationed overseas and wounded troops far from family in VA hospitals.  The military has even recognized our phone card distribution program, which allows soldiers overseas to call loved ones at no cost.  Vocational Education Training, to help with school costs not covered by the VA and GI bill, and Food Aid, which provides grocery cards to soldiers, veterans, and their families, are both newer programs instated to fulfill the needs of soldiers returning home to a stagnant economy.  
TYPES OF AID20132014201520162017

Aid to Active Duty Troops

and Veterans of the War on Terror

$98,462$48,499$42,186$77,091$0
Benevolent Assistance$11,314$747$3,411$32,000

$8,320

Food Aid & Phone Cards for Active Duty Troops
and Veterans of the War on Terror
$11,770$15,502
$45,089$21,368$​10,000

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