The Las Vegas Victims' Fund Committee today released the final protocol (English version and Spanish version) for the distribution of funds donated to benefit those most severely impacted by the 1 October tragedy. The committee of 17 community representatives reviewed more than 1,700 comments submitted by victims' families, survivors, community members and others. Committee members also listened to individuals who participated in two town hall meetings version.
In response to one of the most often-made comments, the final protocol was revised to include those who were physically injured and not hospitalized, but were treated at hospitals, emergency rooms or by a physician. The final protocol also extended the date on which an injured person first sought treatment to October 10, 2017. In addition to amending the protocol, the Committee is also increasing efforts to coordinate resources so that those experiencing psychological trauma have access to mental health support. Similar to previous mass-casualty event responses such as the Boston Marathon bombing and Pulse Nightclub shooting, the Committee is working with the State, Clark County and others who will engage trauma experts around the country to provide easily accessible assistance to all those affected whether they live in Las Vegas or not.
Las Vegas Victims' Fund Committee Chairman Scott Nielson thanked all those who submitted comments and suggestions during the protocol drafting process. "We appreciate all of the individuals who shared their heartbreaking stories with us over the past couple of weeks," Nielson said. "The Committee heard from many different voices and considered those comments as we were drafting the final protocol on how best to distribute these funds."
Nielson continued, "It is our desire to recognize and honor all of those whose lives have been forever altered as a result of the horrific events of 1 October and we recognize the incredible needs of those experiencing psychological trauma. The overwhelming number of victims prevents us from providing individual monetary payments to those suffering psychological trauma, though we are committed to identifying mental health services to assist this critical segment of the survivor population."
The LVVF, which currently stands at more than $22 million, includes money raised through the GoFundMe account created by Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak and Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, and funds contributed to the Direct Impact Fund, the National Compassion Fund and other accounts. Nielson said the Committee will continue to seek donations well into next year, but encouraged everyone to contribute prior to the end of January. The Las Vegas Victims' Fund ("LVVF") is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation and contributions to the LVVF are tax deductible. Donations to the LVVF can be made by going to lasvegasvictimsfund.org/donate.
Victims who wish to file a claim to receive payment from the LVVF should go to the LVVF website lasvegasvictimsfund.org or the National Compassion Fund website nationalcompassionfund.org. Additional information about the process can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions (English version and Spanish version) document posted on both websites.
Victims of 1 October please note that the Las Vegas Victims' Fund is separate from the Nevada Victims of Crime Program. Funds may be available through the Nevada Victims of Crime Program to help victims offset the financial burden of funeral, medical, mental health and other expenses related to the shooting. For more information about the Nevada Victims of Crime Program go to: http://voc.nv.gov/VOC/VOC_Home/. Contact information for state crime victim compensation and assistance is available at https://www.ovc.gov/map.html.
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About the Las Vegas Victims' Fund Committee:
The Las Vegas Victims' Fund ("LVVF") is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation which was created to oversee the consolidation and distribution of funds contributed in response to the shootings at the site of the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2017 ("1 October"). One hundred percent of the funds contributed to and distributed by the LVVF will go directly to the families of the decedents and the victims of 1 October. The LVVF is overseen by a committee consisting of 17 individuals representing the Las Vegas community. The committee includes representatives from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Clark County, major donors to the LVVF, UNLV, Catholic Charities, victims' advocates, mental health professionals, lawyers, the resort industry and charitable organizations, among others. All officers, directors and committee members serve without compensation and all services necessary for the operation of the LVVF will be contributed free of charge. The committee is being assisted by The Feinberg Group and the National Center for Victims of Crime to adopt the protocol pursuant to which claims can made, prioritized, processed and funds distributed. The LVVF's mission is to distribute the funds that have been, and will be, contributed to assist the victims of 1 October in a transparent, equitable and expeditious manner.