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Final decision made on Las Vegas Victims' Fund

Posted at 5:15 PM, Dec 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-15 20:17:12-05

The Las Vegas Victim's Fund Committee announced today the final protocol for how the money will be distributed to those affected by the 1 October mass shooting.

According to a press release, the committee reviewed over 1,700 comments and listened to individuals who participated in two town hall meetings.

The revised protocol now includes those who were physically injured and not hospitalized, but were treated at hospitals, emergency rooms, or by a physician.

Also, the committee extended the date on which an injured person first sought treatment to Oct. 10, 2017.

The committee is also coordinating resources for those who need mental health support. State, Clark County, and committee officials will work with trauma experts to provide assistance to all those affected, regardless of whether or not they live in Las Vegas.

“We appreciate all of the individuals who shared their heartbreaking stories with us over the past couple of weeks," said committee chairman Scott Nielson. “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 Las Vegas Victims Fund currently stands at over $22 million, including money raised through GoFundMe.

Anyone who wishes to receive money from the fund should go to lasvegasvictimsfund.org or the National Compassion Fund website at nationalcompassionfund.org.