Rhode Island's Crime Victim Compensation Program is collaborating with the State of Nevada to assist with outreach efforts to ensure that everyone in attendance at the Route 91 Harvest Festival during the October 1, 2017 shooting, knows how to apply to the Nevada Victims of Crime Program for current or future out-of-pocket expenses resulting from the event. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2018.
"Similar to our program in Rhode Island, Nevada's Victims of Crime program may be able reimburse survivors for their expenses resulting from this horrific crime," said Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner, whose office manages the State's Crime Victim Compensation Program. "Those expenses may include co-payments for medical bills, as well as counseling and mental health care."
Information provided by Ticketmaster indicates that at least seven Rhode Islanders bought tickets to the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Two tickets were sold to residents of East Greenwich, three tickets were sold in West Warwick, and two tickets were sold in Smithfield. 79 percent of people who purchased tickets for the Las Vegas music festival have yet to apply for reimbursement from the Program.
In the 9 months since the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas, the Nevada Victims of Crime Program had received 4,547applications from survivors within and outside the United States. Even if survivors of the shooting don't have any eligible expenses now, they are encouraged to apply for the program before the deadline in case they incur future expenses that may be covered by the Program.
If you know anyone who was present during the shooting, please encourage them to visit VegasStrongRC.org and apply. Victims may also email the center at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1-833-299-2433.
The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center serves as a free, one-stop resource and referral hub for anyone affected, including survivors, family members of victims, responders and anyone dealing with effects from the attack including hotel workers, taxi cab drivers or bystanders who tried to help victims. Information about the center and an online intake form are posted at https://vegasstrongrc.org/.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of violent crime in Rhode Island, the Crime Victim Compensation Program (CVCP) may be able to help. While no amount of money can erase the impact of a violent crime, the CVCP provides up to $25,000 in reimbursement to Rhode Islanders for expenses related to violent crime, including Medical, dental, and counseling expenses, relocation expenses, funeral costs and other expenses. Visit www.ricvcp.com.
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