I found your AP Impact article regarding the Army Emergency Relief to be a disgrace to the Army. They hoard $345 million and harrass the regular GIs who are often desperate for any kind of help they can get if they are even a little late with payment.
They even coerce these troops to donate to this fund. It is primarily made up of the troop's money in the first place! Then, when questioned about their policy, they all scramble for cover. As a former draftee, I am not totally surprised by their behavior, but if they hope to continue with the all-volunteer Army these type of incidents need to be investigated and the parties at fault punished. There is no excuse for treating our service members and returning veterans like this.