Supporters Like You

Your support is essential to the continuing success of AER and the essential work we do. Read about the men and women like you who have made caring for Soldiers and their Families a part of their personal legacy.

“The privilege of providing information to military families, Retired Soldiers and donors is

my mission.

– Danna Butterfield, AER Development Associate

Her mission to help

“As a military spouse, a mother of two, a former Army Emergency Relief Officer, and now a Development Associate of AER, it almost goes without saying that AER’s mission is my passion. Every day I get to see how AER makes a positive impact on the lives of the people we assist.

Part of my role is to build strong relationships with supporters that help continue the legacy of caring which AER has been providing to the Army Family for over 78 years. AER truly is here to help when it is most needed.

Please send me an email and introduce yourself if you’d like to learn more about me and why your support of AER is vital to helping Soldiers and their families.”

Danna Butterfield, AER Development Associate

In July 1970, as a newlywed and recently assigned to Germany, AER loaned me enough money to get an apartment.

Lesson-learned, always trust AER.

– SGM (R) William W.

A Legacy of Service

Army Emergency Relief is extremely grateful to retired Colonel Joseph B. Ameel and his wife, Betty, who passed away recently, for their generous gift that will help thousands of Soldiers and their Families in need. Their legacy of giving and serving others continues today through this substantial donation, as it had during Col. Ameel’s 23-year Army career that began in Vietnam and highlighted by his position as commander of the 3rd Squadron 7th Cavalry, “Garry Owen,” in Schweinfurt, Germany.

The Ameel’s legacy gift is the embodiment of “Soldiers Helping Soldiers,” and their desire to ease the financial burdens of Soldiers will be felt for years to come. AER is forever grateful to them and their estate for this generous gift.

Here to Help


Colonel Shawn Woodbridge, U.S. Army, Retired
Chief Marketing, Communications, and Development Officer
2530 Crystal Drive, Suite 13161, 13th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
Phone: (866) 878-6378
Email: shawn.woodbridge@aerhq.org