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(ACS) FINANCIAL READINESS
1591 Bell Richard Avenue
Fort Johnson, LA 71459
Contact information for key programs and services at this installation.
Resources are available to help you understand and manage your finances, including one-on-one financial counseling to assist you and your family with financial readiness. Services are designed to focus on money management issues throughout your active-duty lifecycle and into retirement. Financial readiness educational opportunities range from basic planning to long-term investing. Check out the information below to see what’s available at your installation.
Financial Readiness Program (FRP)
The Fort Johnson Financial Readiness Program provides financial management classes, briefings and one-on-one counseling to those who want to improve their finances; where every you are financially, we show you how to make things even better! Classes cover such topics as investing, increasing your credit score, generational wealth and estate planning and minimizing your federal taxes. For more information, go to https://johnson.armymwr.com/programs/acs/financial-readiness.
To conduct individual Military Milestone Training go to the following website: https://olms.armyfamilywebportal.com/ search for” Financial Readiness Touchpoints”, take the training, get your certificate, and send it to you DTMS manager for upload.
Fort Johnson is a Medium Cost of living area. There is a shortage of good rental properties due to the damage sustained from Hurricane Laura to the installation. Although repairs are being done the availability cannot keep up with the demand.
Agencies to request assistance while traveling: Red Cross, AER or any other military installation you may be close to.
Agencies upon arrival: Vernon Community Action Council; WIC; Louisiana SNAP; VFW; Helping Hands; Red Cross; Installation Chaplain Office; AER.
Advanced Pay: is no longer available. All Soldiers should have a Travel card to use for expenses that they cannot pay for out of pocket. (Hotel, food or gas) keep receipts.
Army Emergency Relief (AER)
BLDG 920|1591 BELL RICHARD AVE| 337-531-1957 / 1958
Army Emergency Relief
AER is a private, non-profit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and Army Chief of Staff. AER's mission is to provide emergency financial assistance to soldiers, active and retired, their family members, their widow(ers), and orphans during valid emergencies that require immediate attention. Assistance is provided as an interest-free loan, grant or a combination loan and grant. Any emergency must have originated from other than the soldier’s own actions (i.e., AWOL, Article 15 or civilian fines).
•By appointment (intakes and returns): Intakes are conducted by phone and returns are conducted by appointment. Contact the AER office at 337-531-1957 for an initial intake and to make a return appointment.
•Walk-ins (emergency travel): Walk-ins are available for emergency travel (Red Cross messages death or illness), privation due to floods, fires or natural disasters.
•Red Cross - If you experience an emergency financial need that cannot wait until normal duty hours, or you are outside of a 50 mile radius of an aid society, please contact the American Red Cross Emergency Services Center toll-free at 877-272-7337.
AER Eligibility and Assistance
Who does AER help?
•Active duty soldiers (single or married), and their dependents
•Members of the Army Reserve National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve on continuous active duty under Title 10 orders for more than 30 consecutive days and their dependents
•ARNG and USAR Soldiers who retired at age 60 and their dependents
•Surviving spouses and orphans of soldiers who die while on active duty or after they retired. Survivors can contact JBLM Survivor Outreach Services at 253-967-3672/966-5047 for assistance.
What type of assistance does AER provide?
•An interest-free loan or a grant, if repayment of loan will cause undue hardship (determined by the AER officer on a case-by-case basis), or
•A combination of a loan and grant (determined by the AER officer on a case-by-case basis)
Is there a dollar limit on AER assistance?
No, AER assistance can meet your qualified, emergency need.
How long does it take to get AER help?
Depending on the nature of your requests, it may take 1-2 business days.
What AER can and cannot do:
AER can help with emergency financial needs for:
Food, rent or utilities
Essential personal owned vehicle repairs for safe operation
Funeral expenses for a parent of the soldier or spouse
Emergency medical/dental expenses
Give undergraduate-level education scholarships, based primarily on financial needs, to children of soldiers
Emergency needs when pay is delayed or funds stolen (LES and/or police report required)
Provide spouses of active duty Army soldiers and widow(ers) of Army soldiers financial assistance to further their education via the AER Stateside Spouse's Education Assistance Program.
•Finance ordinary leave or vacations for other than emergency leave
•Pay fines, divorce or legal fees, bail and taxes
•Help liquidate or consolidate debt
•Assist with house purchase or home improvements
•Help purchase or lease a vehicle
•Cover bad checks or pay credit card bills (including the government travel card)
•Purchase of items for convenience or luxury
•What you should bring to AER
When visiting AER you should bring the following:
•Military ID card
•Most recent end-of-month Leave and Earnings Statement and mid-month (if applicable) •Emergency Leave form (DA Form 31) or PCS orders
•Substantiating documents related to the assistance you are requesting (i.e. major car repair estimate, rental agreement, eviction notice, utility bill, disconnection notice, etc.)
•Retirement Statement Account AER referral forms are online view all AER forms at: https://www.aerhq.org/Resources-and-Forms. But it is important you complete the correct form. Before you download and complete a form, please visit your local AER office to confirm which form is required.