Ramstein kicks off AFAF campaign

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  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The annual Air Force Assistance Fund campaign runs from March 20th until May 6th and Ramstein’s goal is to reach $89,337 in donations to assist Airmen and their families from service entry to retirement and beyond.

The AFAF aims to help Airmen, Guardians, and their families when they need it the most.

“The Air Force Assistance Fund is one way we can take care of each other", said Master Sgt. Benjamin Ward, 86th Operations Support Squadron, noncommissioned officer of air traffic control training. “It's part of our Air Force culture and every dollar donated goes directly into the pockets of someone who needs it the most.”

The AFAF consists of four charities: The Air Force Aid Society, Air Force Enlisted Village, the LeMay Foundation and Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation.

The Air Force Aid Society provides emergency financial assistance, educational support and community programs for Air Force and Space Force families. AFAS utilizes 100% of every contribution received to help Airmen, Guardians and their families.

The Air Force Enlisted Village has been committed to providing homes to thousands of Air Force widows. AFEV also provides bus transportation to go to and from medical appointments, the commissary and the base exchange.

The LeMay Foundation awards grants to support widows and widowers of Airmen and Guardian retirees. Monthly grants assist with medical and prescription needs, meal services and other unexpected expenses.

The Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation provides critical care and housing to widowed spouses of retired Air Force and Space Force officers. Over 92% of those who receive assistance live in assisted living, skilled nursing or memory care facilities.

These charities are not included in the Combined Federal Campaign lineup. AFAF is a one-of-a-kind campaign for Airmen and Guardians, by Airmen and Guardians. 

Anyone can contribute, regardless of their military affiliation. Those making donations can choose one of the four foundations, or they can allow AFAF to distribute the donations based on each foundation’s needs.

Unit project officers and key workers will be visiting with their units to answer any questions, as well as to collect donations.

For more information or to donate visit https://secure.qgiv.com/event/afaf/classification/277002/.