Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today applauded the Department of Justice’s decision to award $16.7 million, through its Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program (AEAP), to individuals impacted by the 1October Massacre.
“More than a year after the Las Vegas shooting that took the lives of 58 individuals and injured hundreds more, my hometown and those directly affected are still recovering from wounds that are both visible and invisible. The DOJ’s grant will give victims relief and respite from mounting costs associated with their mental and physical recovery. I thank the DOJ for aiding 1October victims, the City of Las Vegas, and all those affected by this tragedy, on our path to healing.”
In July 2018, Cortez Masto and the Nevada Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions strongly supporting the State of Nevada’s grant application for a Victims of Crime Grant through the Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program. A copy of their letter can be found here.
The DOJ grant, totaling $16,735,720, will assist 1 October survivors, including ticket holders, concert staff, vendors, witnesses, law enforcement personnel, and other first responders. It also will support close family members, medical personnel, coroner’s staff, taxi drivers, and others who helped concert attendees. The grant will defray the costs of counseling and therapy, vocational rehabilitation, and trauma recovery for victims and emergency responders. Funds will also help with legal aid and supplement the massive outlays incurred by the Nevada victim compensation program.