An investigation by the Associated Press has revealed that Army Emergency Relief, the largest charity inside the US military, hoarded $117 million in its reserves while aiding military families to the tune of only $64 million between 2003 and 2007.
The money is meant to help members of the Army in times of crisis. Examples of such emergency aid are covering mortgage payments, food, and medical bills. Though need has increased in recent years, AER said it has not boosted giving.
Of the $64 million doled out, 91% was given as loans, expected to be repaid before a soldier could be promoted or leave service. At the same time, Army members are pressured regularly to contribute by superiors. Very little money was in outright grants.