- The Washington Times - Friday, October 5, 2001

The Justice Department has awarded more than $15 million to officials in Virginia, New York and Pennsylvania to help victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and their families.

The grants, to compensate victims and to support state and local programs that offer various forms of assistance, included $1.5 million to the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services; $13 million to the New York Crime Victims Board; and $1.1 million to the Bureau of Victim Services at the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime.

"Although no amount of assistance can restore the lives of the victims and their families, we can use the resources available to help repair the physical and emotional damage caused by this tragedy," said Attorney General John Ashcroft. "These grants will help New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia continue their exemplary work to aid and care for the victims of these horrific attacks."

The awards were given through the Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime.

Justice Department officials said the grants were awarded to agencies designated by the states and that the money would be used to compensate and reimburse victims for expenses such as medical and mental health treatment, funeral costs or lost wages.

The grants, from OVC's Antiterrorism and Emergency Fund, also will be used to support organizations that provide critical services for victims, including information and referrals, emergency shelter and emergency transportation.

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