Relief Funds Established for Navy Yard Shooting Victims

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Relief funds have been set up for the families of victims and those injured in Monday’s shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.

The Navy Yard Relief Fund will provide financial support to the victims’ families and people injured in the attack that left 13 people dead. All donations to the victims’ fund will go directly to the families and are tax deductible. The amount that families receive will depend on how much is raised. You can donate to the Navy Yard Relief Fund here.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, which managed the $25 million Survivors’ Fund for victims of the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon, has set up the Navy Yard Relief Fund as well as the Safer Communities Fund.

The Safer Communities Fund will support nonprofit organizations that offer mental health services and reduce gun violence in the D.C. area. You can donate to the Safer Communities Fund here.

“We believe that as a community, we have the power and responsibility to address both the immediacy of the impact of Monday’s tragedy, and make an effort to prevent anything like this from plaguing us in the future,” Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman said.

She said she expects the fund for the Navy Yard shootings will operate on a smaller scale than the $25 million Sept. 11 fund, which operated through 2008 and not only provided benefits to victims’ families and survivors but also provided benefits like providing job training for first responders who were so traumatized by their work that they moved into other careers.

“I am grateful to The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region for helping the victims of Monday’s horrible attack,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said. “Just as they did in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I am confident that they will once again harness the generosity of so many people around our city, region, and nation who have responded to this act of evil with an outpouring of compassion for the victims and their families.”

Freeman said she envisions the Safer Communities Fund to help find long-term solutions that outlast the cycle of outrage that follows mass shootings like the Navy Yard killings before inevitably dissipating.

“We all know that on a daily basis that violence is occurring in our communities and that there are people walking around with serious mental health issues,” she said.

The foundation is the largest funder of nonprofit groups in metropolitan Washington, providing $90 million annually in grants.

The Washington Navy Yard Survivors Fund, set up by the Navy League of the United States, also will provide financial assistance to those families most affected by the Navy Yard shooting. You can donate to the Washington Navy Yard Survivors Fund here.

“It is our duty, as a trusted partner of the sea services, to do what we can to ease the burden of those whose lives are forever changed by this tragic event,” Navy League National President James H. Offutt said. “We look forward to working with like-minded nongovernmental organizations, community leaders and others on this endeavor. We are going to do our best to help members of our extended Navy family through this difficult time.”

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a military support group, has established the Navy Yard Tragedy Family Support Fund. TAPS says all the money it receives for will be used to support the families of the 12 people killed in Monday’s Navy Yard shootings. You can donate to the Navy Yard Tragedy Family Support Fund here.

TAPS frequently works with the military to provide financial and emotional support to military families whose loved ones die while serving. The organization provided support for the victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings.

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