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United States Air Force
Air Force Aid Society
4 W. Castle St.
Fairchild AFB, WA 99011-8536
If you need emergency assistance, you can expect to get help from your installation, your branch of service resources. There are programs to support you in a variety of situations, including victim assistance, emergencies en route and service-specific relief societies. Below, you’ll find types of assistance, contact information, and detailed procedures and guidance to help you through any tough circumstances that you or your family may face.
Air Force Aid Society, Army Emergency Relief and Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society:
Each branch of service has an emergency relief society, a private organization which assists active-duty members, activated guard and reserve members and retirees with a financial hardship due to emergencies or unforeseen circumstances. These societies, such as the AFAS, can provide financial emergency assistance based on need through either loans or, when there is a particular hardship, grants. Categories of financial assistance include basic living expenses (food, shelter and utilities), uninsured medical and dental expenses, funeral expenses, emergency transportation, essential car repairs, pay problems, disasters and assistance for widows, mothers and children. The Airman and Family Readiness Center processes requests for assistance. If an emergency occurs while you are away from home, the family center at any military installation can assist.
You can find online assistance from the following relief societies:
Air Force Aid Society
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Army Emergency Relief Society
American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross can provide the following help in times of emergency:
To locate information about the American Red Cross, please contact one of the following:
Veterans of Foreign Wars Unmet Needs Program:
The VFW Unmet Needs Program helps America's military families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity or injury. The program provides financial aid grants, not loans, of up to $1,500 to assist with basic life needs. As this assistance is a grant, no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, we pay the creditor directly. Visit the VFW website for more information. If you would like to donate to the VFW funds, please click on the Donate button in the right corner of the VFW landing page.
Washington 2-1-1 provides the most current and comprehensive database of community resources (over 27,000 listings) in the state of Washington and serves as a central access point for connecting Washington’s 7.1 million residents to community resources. By simply dialing 2-1-1 or searching the Washington 2-1-1 website, people can connect to help when they need it, regardless of who provides the services or where the services are located.
Installation Information and Referral:
The A&FRC offers information and referral to on- and off-base agencies. Call 509-247-2246 or DSN 312-657-2246 for assistance.
The Salvation Army:
The local Salvation Army offers community services, family emergency shelters, social services, community youth services, Stepping Stone, Sally House, thrift stores and Camp Gifford. Personnel may call the Salvation Army Administration Office at 509-325-6810 for referral to the appropriate section. The Salvation Army is located at 222 E. Indiana St., Spokane, WA 99207.
POC: Jessica Bradshaw, Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC)
POC: Vada Martinez, Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA)
Base Essentials - Emergency Assistance - Sexual Assault Prevention & Response (SAPR)
Contact number: 24/7 Sexual Assault Response Line: 509-247-7272 (SARC)
Reporting options for Sexual Assault Victims
1. Restricted Reporting: Law Enforcement and Chain of Command are NOT notified & no consequences for collateral misconduct for the victim (underage drinking, etc.)
•Who Qualifies: Active Duty, Dependents 18+, & DoD Employees (appropriated and non-appropriate)
•Reporting options: Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), Sexual Assault Victim Advocate(SAVA), Medical (state of Washington), Special Victim's Counsel (SVC), or Chaplain. (SAPR Office is the only one who can initiate restricted report)
•Receive: Medical Care, Victim Advocate Services, & Counseling (OPTIONAL)
2. Unrestricted Reporting: Criminal investigation is initiated and unit Commander is notified
•Who Qualifies: Active Duty, Retired Military, DOD Employees, & Dependents 18+
•Reporting options: Anyone
•Request: Expedited Transfer (PCS or PCA)
3. Victims have rights: To call/contact the SAPR Office and talk to them without ever choosing a Restricted or Unrestricted Report.
You are not alone:
•Remember - sexual assault is never your fault.
•Recognize that healing from sexual assault takes time.
•Seek help from resources available to you.
•Know that it is never too late to ask for help; even months or years after the assault.