The Massachusetts Congressional Delegation has announced an $8 million federal grant to cover expenses as a result of the Boston Marathon bombing in April of 2013.
"After the terrorist attack at last year's Boston Marathon, many local organizations provided critical support to those affected by the tragedy, demonstrating the Commonwealth's strength, spirit, and resilience," said Senator Elizabeth Warren. "I'm pleased and grateful that the DOJ has awarded this major federal grant to Massachusetts to support our agencies' work, and to ensure that those affected by the attack have the resources they need as they continue to recover."
The grant is an Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program for Crime Victim that will be administered by the Massachusetts Office fro Victim Assistance.
"Tragedy became triumph of the human spirit in the actions of responders to the horrific attack at the Boston Marathon last year," said Senator Edward Markey. "But sometimes, even our bravest heroes need help. Thanks to this important funding from DOJ, the courageous and committed organizations who ran toward those who were hurt will continue to help victims, families and loved ones receive they help and healing they need and deserve."
On April 15, two bombs built from pressure cookers exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killing three people and injuring hundreds. Four days later the suspects led police on a manhunt through the surrounding area ending in Watertown, Mass. One suspect is currently in custody awaiting trial, the other died during a gun fight with police.
"The lives of so many were changed by the Marathon bombings, and today's grant is only a small token of appreciation for those who continue to work around the clock to help survivors and their families work through the emotional and physical trauma of that day," said Congressman William Keating. "With the long road ahead, every bit of assistance is crucial, and I am confident that our delegation will remain committed to keeping our communities, and particularly those impacted by last year's attack, healthy, safe, and most of all- Boston strong."
The money is meant to award organization for both incurred and anticipated costs associated with providing crisis intervention services, trauma-informed care, socioeconomic support, legal services, and other assistance to victims.
"Following the tragedy of the Boston Marathon bombing, many organizations and individuals immediately stood up and offered their services to help the victims of the bombing in whatever way possible," said Congressman Joe Kennedy. "Whether through providing medical treatment, legal counsel or other assistance, this grant will ensure that those organizations are supported and can continue their efforts to aid those affected by the bombings. I am impressed and inspired by the work of these organizations and congratulate them on receiving these funds."
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