General Henry “Hap” Arnold
77 YEARS OF SERVICE
The Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) and has been meeting the unique needs for the Total Force and their families, as well as Air Force widows and widowers since 1942. Older than the USAF itself, AFAS traces its roots back to the great five-star General Henry “Hap” and Mrs. Bee Arnold. The Arnolds envisioned an organization that embodied the ideal of Airmen helping Airmen , which still drives our mission today. On March 9, 1942, the Arnolds created Army Air Corps Relief Society. With the establishment of the U.S. Air Force (USAF) on September 18, 1947, the organization was renamed the Air Force Aid Society to provide financial support for the families of Airmen who lost their lives during World War II. Each year, the Society provides on average $15-16 million in support for Air Force families through emergency assistance no-interest loans or grants; education grants, scholarships and no-interest loans; and through on-base community engagement programs. 100 percent of every contribution received is used to help Airmen.
Mrs. Bee Arnold
FOR EVERY $1 DONATED, AIR FORCE AID SOCIETY DEDICATES $3 TO HELP AIRMEN.
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