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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 (AFAS)/Army Emergency Relief (AER)/Navy & Marine Corps Relief Society
Each branch of service has an emergency relief society - a private organization which assists active-duty, and activated Guard and Reserve, members and retirees with a financial hardship due to emergency or unforeseen circumstances. These societies, such as the AFAS, can provide financial emergency assistance based upon need, through either loans or, when there is a particular hardship, grants. Categories of financial assistance include: basic living expenses (food, shelter, utilities), uninsured medical/dental, 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.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross can also help in times of emergency.
To contact the Red Cross for assistance, call 877-272-7337 (toll-free).
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Unmet Needs Program
The Unmet Needs program can give a one-time grant up to $2,500 for qualifying service members and their families experiencing financial hardship. Apply online on the VFW website.
If you are unable to locate the service you need, dial 2-1-1 to speak with the local referral agency.
Installation Information & Referral
The Airman and Family Readiness Center offers information and referral to on- and off-base agencies. Call 509-247-2246, DSN 312-657-2246, for assistance.
The Salvation Army
The local Salvation Army offers: Community Services, Family Emergencies Shelter, Social Services, Community Youth Services, Stepping Stone, Sally House, Thrift Store and Camp Gifford. Personnel may call the Administration Office at 509-325-6810 for referral to the appropriate section. There address is: 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.