AFAS Boosting Her Confidence

Boosting Her Confidence

A grant from AFAS provides an Airman’s wife the confidence to be a role model

Kristina Robertson is part of the greater Air Force family through her husband, Jonathon, a Technical Sergeant who’s served for 12 years. He joined to serve his country, with 9/11 a huge influence on him. Their family is a patriotic one, with their three children knowing the importance of their dad’s role.

As a spouse, Kristina is active with the Air Force community at Spangdahlem Air Base, and that’s when she learned of the Air Force Aid Society. “I fell in love with the organization,” Kristina recalls, “because of what they stand for.” That includes supporting fellow Airmen and their families in a variety of ways.

Deciding to apply for an educational grant from AFAS to pursue her studies, Kristina makes sure to tell others of the benefits AFAS offers to Air Force families. The General Hap Arnold Education Grant has allowed Kristina to attend Grand Canyon University in Phoenix through their online program, as the family is currently stationed in Germany. Kristina will graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in sociology, emphasis on social work. Already working at the Child Development Center as an operations clerk, Kristina plans to use her degree to be a work/life counselor for military families.

“To be a professional woman in the military community and pursue a career…has personally and professionally built my confidence,” Kristina says. Being a role model for her children, she’s showing them that putting in hard work now will definitely pay off later.

Receiving the educational assistance also eased Jonathan’s mind, knowing that his wife wouldn’t have been able to attend college otherwise.

What does Kristina think all Airmen and their families should know about AFAS? They’re a great organization that can assist in so many areas of life. She will continue to tell families about this resource. “When I finish my academic career and am part of the workforce, I will be paying it back to AFAS for their generosity and financial scholarships,” she states.

The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force and has been meeting the unique needs of Airmen and their families since 1942. AFAS works to support and enhance the USAF mission by providing emergency financial assistance, educational support and community programs. Last year alone, AFAS provided nearly $15 million in direct assistance.

 

AFVCF Provides Comfort & Dignity

Providing Comfort and Dignity

Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation

As long-term nursing and memory care costs soar, many widowed spouses are unable to afford the level of care they require.  As they deal with issues of aging in their 80s and 90s, they often lose financial stability through no fault of their own.  Health issues and unexpected longevity overwhelm their resources and that’s where we step in.

Two-ladies-AFVFYour donations to the Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation utterly transform lives.  Meet Margaret and Ellie, whose names have been changed to preserve their dignity.  Because of your gifts, they are able to live out their final years in comfort.

Margaret, 90, lives at Freedom House.  Her husband died years ago, yet she is not alone. She spends her days in the company of old friends who drop by to check on her, read to her, and work on jigsaw puzzles or play a tune on the piano.  She cannot afford the high quality of care she receives, so we augment her limited income.  She is safe, content and loved.

Ellie and her friends meet three afternoons a week for a lively bridge game and conversation.  They’ve known each other a half century, since meeting overseas on active duty.  They’re all widowed and find comfort in their longstanding sisterhood.  None are aware that Ellie’s savings were depleted when her husband suffered a devastating illness requiring years of nursing care.  The Air Force Villages Charitable Foundation helps her and that’s our lovely little secret.

Air Force Enlisted Village Family

No Family but My Air Force Family
As told by Mrs. Lillian Hansen

Air Force Enlisted Village

Lillian-Hanson-and-LuarenIt is a miracle of God that I am here. I was taking care of my mother, who was blind, and my father, who was deaf. They both died, and then I suddenly fell ill. I was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. The doctors couldn’t operate, so they decided to treat it with chemotherapy and radiation. I was on a feeding tube for months afterwards, and lost a lot of weight.

When I was discharged from the hospital, I was sent to a rehab facility. I couldn’t even do the most basic things for myself, like take a bath. I also have diabetes and heart problems, and had no idea how I was going to care for myself after I was released. I was really worried. I couldn’t afford an assisted living facility. I don’t really have any family and I had nowhere to go.

9x8airman_and_lady_teal_dressWhile I was in the hospital and rehab facility, the Air Force Enlisted Village chaplain visited me by chance. When I told the chaplain I was a widow of an Air Force man, he told me all about AFEV, but I didn’t have a military ID card.

The chaplain and another AFEV employee drove me to Hurlburt Field and got me an ID card. They worked very hard to make this happen. Now I could move to the Hawthorn House, but I was still too sick to even pack up the things in my house.

My friends at the AFEV were little angels again. They unpacked my few possessions when I arrived, and helped me settle in. That was a tremendous blessing, because I still can’t walk without my walker, and even then it’s a struggle. Living here is the absolute blessing of my life. Everyone here takes such good care of me.

Thank You, LeMay Foundation

Heartfelt Thanks

LeMay Foundation

Dear LeMay Foundation, Continuing with our holiday tradition, we are sending a check to aid in your efforts for all the widows you work with, and adding a special thank you for your continued support of my mother, Mary. Every year I’m amazed at the freedom it gives her to feel independent-and that makes all the difference to her pride and self-esteem!
– John, Cindy & Family, Washington

Thank you for the One-Time grant. This will be a great help to me financially. I can express the deepest gratitude but no words to explain the memory when I remember, “Taking Care of Our Own.”  I have the memory to cherish always. God Bless all the widows of America and your foundation.Gift
– Lena, Texas

I want to thank you for the Christmas grant and my monthly assistance. It’s been 17 years, Robert has been gone, and you have helped me and supported me all these years. I simply don’t have words for how much it all means to me. You are making my life easier by helping me with your kindness and I pray God will richly Bless each and every one of you.
– Niana, Arkansas