Air Force Aid Society Publishes Info

The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has published an In Event of A Government Shutdown FAQ list.   I honestly find the questions and answers to be a little vague, but it is much better than nothing!  In general, AFAS will be offering interest free loans to help service members meet basic living expenses during any time that military pay is delayed.  The two most important parts of the FAQ:

Q. What is the application process?

A. We anticipate using a streamlined process similar to what is used when applying for a Falcon Loan. You will need to bring your ID card and Leave and Earning Statement when you apply. You will not need to complete a budget or bring copies of your bills. Checks will be made payable to the service member.

Q. What if I’ve already had two Falcon Loans? Does that mean I can’t get AFAS assistance during a shutdown?

A. Assistance provided during the government shutdown will not be a Falcon Loan. The application process will be similar, but it will not count as a Falcon Loan.

In most cases, you will be able to apply for assistance at your Airman and Family Readiness Center.  Airmen who are not located near an Air Force Aid Society office can make applications at a Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Army Emergency Relief, Coast Guard Mutual Aid Society, or American Red Cross office.

About the Author

Kate Horrell
Kate Horrell is a military financial coach, mom of four teens, and Navy spouse. She has a background in taxes and mortgage banking, and a trove of experience helping other military families with their money. Follow her on twitter @realKateHorrell.