- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - The University of Massachusetts-Boston has been awarded $315,000 to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The state-issued grant will allow the university’s Institute for Community Inclusion to provide vocational rehabilitative services to any individuals harmed by the April 2013 bombings.

Cindy Thomas, associate director at the institute, says the services will help those struggling to maintain their current job, seeking a career change or who left their jobs due to injury or because of caregiving responsibilities.

The grant was issued by the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, which has awarded over $8 million to address the varied needs of people impacted by the bombings.

Three people were killed and hundreds more injured in 2013 after two pressure cooker bombs detonated near the marathon finish line in downtown Boston.

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