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Air Force Assistance Fund campaign begins today

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- This year's Air Force Assistance Fund "Commitment to Caring" campaign, from Feb. 12 to May 4, will provide Airmen the opportunity to contribute to any of the four official Air Force charitable organizations.

Now in its 34th year, 100-percent of designated AFAF contributions will benefit active-duty, Reserve, Guard, retired Air Force people, surviving spouses and families. Last year, Airmen exceeded the campaign goal as they contributed more than $7.33 million.

People can contribute through cash, check, money order or payroll deduction to:

-- The Air Force Aid Society, which provides Airmen and their families with worldwide emergency financial assistance, education assistance and an array of base level community-enhancement programs. Base airman and family readiness 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 Widows' Fund in Shalimar, Fla., near Eglin Air Force Base which provides rent subsidy and other support to indigent widows and widowers of retired enlisted people 55 and older. More information is available at http://www.afenlistedwidows.org.

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

-- The General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, which 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 http://www.afvw.com/lemay.html.

Contributions to the AFAF are tax deductible. For more information, visit http://afassistancefund.org or the Air Force Personnel Center's Voting and Fundraising Web site at http://ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil/main_content.asp?prods1=56&prods2=57&prods3=1258&prods4=1568.

Installation project officers have information on local procedures and goals.

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