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AFAF campaign kicks off at Vandenberg

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Air Force Assistance Fund kicks off today and participants can donate through unit points of contact during the six-week campaign, which runs March 26 through May 7.

Last year, Vandenberg's campaign collected $77,652, exceeding the monetary campaign goal of $47,866 by 162 percent.

This year, the goal is to make 100 percent contact with all Vandenberg members, including those at deployed locations, to have greater than 50 percent participation, and to raise $45,471.

The annual campaign supports four Air Force charities: the Air Force Aid Society, the Air Force Enlisted Village Indigent Widows' Fund, the Air Force Villages Indigent Widows' Fund and the General and Mrs. Curtis E. LeMay Foundation.

These organizations provide assistance to Air Force active duty, reserve, guard and retired members, and dependents through emergency financial assistance, educational grants, and community enhancements such as child care and phone home programs.

"The Air Force Assistance Fund campaign is designed specifically to help Air Force members and their families," said Capt. Anthony Scalice, AFAF installation project officer. "Contributions are tax deductible and all of the money raised by Air Force people helps other Airmen. Every dollar contributed goes to those members of the Air Force family in need."

In 2006, more than 30,000 donations raised $19.6 million Air Force wide.

"The Air Force never stops caring for their own, even long after their uniformed service to their country has ended," said Capt. John O'Connor, AFAF co-coordinator "No one does it better than the Air Force!"

For more information on AFAF, contact a unit POC. To learn more, there is also a 15-minute video is available on the Air Force Personnel Center Website. To access the video go to Click on the "Where can I find information on the Air Force Assistance Fund Campaign?" hyperlink and download the video.