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Air Force Assistance Fund campaign begins at Vandenberg

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The Air Force Assistance Fund campaign at Vandenberg will begin March 2. The campaign gives Airmen to practice an important wingman principle: supporting Airmen and their families when they need it most.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg will have the opportunity to take care of its own during the Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign scheduled for March 2 to April 12.

In situations that put Airmen up against a wall financially, the AFAF can help.

Student loans, car payments, mortgages, child care and groceries are just a few monthly expenses Airmen and their families may face. With expenditures like these, living from paycheck to paycheck can occur, leaving no room for a financial crisis.

Airmen can find financial relief through the AFAF, an umbrella charity that collects money for the Air Force Village Foundation, the Air Force Aide Society, the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, and the Air Force Enlisted Villiage, according to the AFAF website.

The charities have missions that are specifically focused on Airmen, retired Airmen and their dependents, said Capt. John Manibusan, a 30th Operations Support Squadron flight commander and installation product officer for AFAF.

"This campaign allows us, Airmen, to help out our own," Captain Manibusan said.

AFAF runs similar to the Combined Federal Campaign as Airmen can donate money to the campaign automatically through their paychecks.

"Airmen donate through a payroll deduction plan," said Captain Manibusan. "This is a simple way that allows Airmen to donate without having to think about it on a regular basis."

Airmen can use the payroll deduction plan to donate for as little as three months or up to a year. Each unit has a unit project officer, who will collect the funds.

Since the unit project officers hope to raise at least a certain amount, they will have their work cut out for them during the campaign.

"A goal has been set by the AFAF for Vandenberg to collect $48,675," said Captain Manibusan.

The campaign is a chance for all Airmen to practice the wingman principles: to help one another not only professionally, but also by taking care of the financial needs that can consume ones abilities and effectiveness in the Air Force.