Staff Sgt. Julie Hopson with the Warriors Transition Unit knows how helpful the Army Emergency Relief program is for Soldiers and has been informing Soldiers about it, but never expected to experience it first-hand.
Hopson's home mortgage was due at the end of December and she had the $1,000. But then in a day -- really a phone call -- everything changed. "My dad got sick and I had to take emergency leave and take my family to Hope, Arkansas, to be by my dad's side," said Hopson. "I spent more than $1,000 to be there when he was ill. When we got back on the 29th of December, I had a note of more than $1,000 that was due the next day." Hopson said she didn't want to go to a loan company and pay high interest rates so she did what she had encouraged other Soldiers to do for years as a command financial adviser -- she went to see Cynthia Phillips-Lewis, Army Community Service Financial Readiness specialist...Read More »