Comment period ends for Las Vegas Victims' Fund

LAS VEGAS - Time has run out for those wanting to weigh-in on the distribution of the Las Vegas Victims' Fund.

Last week, the committee finalizing the protocol extended the deadline, which ended Monday morning.

There is a forum at the Clark County Government Center for survivors tonight to get information on other resources available. It begins at 6:30 p.m. and is put on by the Vegas Strong Resiliency Center.

This group is helping direct shooting victims to counseling services, among other resources. Despite Monday's deadline, there are efforts underway to change the protocol for the Las Vegas Victims' Fund.

"We saw things I'll never unsee," said Leah Wells, helping shooting survivors. 

She doesn't consider herself a 1 October survivor. The Uber driver says she's a warrior.

"We ended up driving wounded and people home for the next 26 hours," she said.

More than two months later, she's still helping shooting victims.

Wells is advocating for all of those who are not eligible for financial help under the draft protocol to distribute money from the Las Vegas Victims' Fund.

"I know there has to be protocols," Wells said. "I just, it needs to accommodate everybody who needs help who cannot get it."

The estimated $17 million is coming from several avenues: The GoFundMe page, the National Compassion Fund, a Nevada State Bank account, and corporate donations.

The Las Vegas Victims' Fund is the only organization that will be handing out checks.

The families of the 58 victims killed qualify as well as those who spent at least one night at the hospital.

 "The deceased families, especially those with children being helped first ... those kids lost a parent but there's so many people with non- visible injuries," Wells said.

Meanwhile, the Nevada Victims of Crime program recently got $7 million to continue paying for funeral expenses, medical bills, and counseling services.

"I think the state is probably doing as much as they can. I'd like to see them do more," she said.

The city of Las Vegas has the Community Healing Fund. They are raising money through T-shirt sales to help maintain the Community Healing Garden, 1 October art, and support healing services including: public events, counseling, and safety efforts.

For people who can't make Monday night's forum, a second one is scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Clark County Government building.

 


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