Our Mission To be the premier provider of insurance and survivor services to the Army and Air Force communities. Our Structure A non-profit, tax-exempt, member-owned association. Membership exceeds 83,000. The Association's strong financial foundation is a result of careful investing of membership dollars. Our History The Army Mutual Aid Association was established in 1879 after the Battle of Little Big Horn, or "Custer's Last Stand." During frontier times when an officer died, the remaining soldiers would literally "pass the hat" to raise money for the surviving family. This system collapsed, however, with the Battle of Little Big Horn. There were too few survivors to pass the hat, thus leaving the deceased soldiers' families in need. To remedy this situation, Army officers established the Army Mutual Aid Association.