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AFA Campaign Kicks Off March 3

Col. Joseph Schwarz, 61st Air Base Wing commander, receives his AFAF pledge form from Lt. Travis Broadnax. This year’s campaign runs until April 14 (Photo by Lou Hernandez)

Col. Joseph Schwarz, 61st Air Base Wing commander, receives his AFAF pledge form from Lt. Travis Broadnax. This year’s campaign runs until April 14 (Photo by Lou Hernandez)

Los Angeles Air Force Base -- This year's Air Force Assistance Fund "Commitment to Caring" campaign began March 3. Ending on April 14, the fund drive provides Airmen the opportunity to contribute through cash, check, money order or payroll deduction to any of the four official Air Force charitable organizations. This year's base goal is $31,268.

Now in its 33rd year, 100 percent of designated AFAF contributions will benefit active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retired Air Force people, surviving spouses and families. All contributions to AFAF are tax deductible.

The charities that benefit from AFAF are:

The Air Force Aid Society provides Airmen and their families with worldwide emergency financial assistance, education assistance and an array of base level community-enhancement programs. Base family support centers have full details on programs and eligibility requirements. Information is also available online at http://www.afas.org.

The Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widow's provides rent subsidy and other support to indigent widows and widowers of retired enlisted people 55 and older. More information is available at www.afenlistedwidows.org.

The Air Force Village Indigent Widow's Fund in San Antonio is a life-care community for retired officers, spouses, widows or widowers and family members. The Air Force Village Web site is www.airforcevillages.com.

The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation provides rent and financial assistance to indigent widows and widowers of officers and enlisted people in their own homes and communities. The LeMay Foundation Web site is www.lemayfoundation.org.

For more information, please contact your unit representative, or visit afassistancefund.org or the Air Force Personnel Center's voting and fundraising Web site at www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/votefund.