Support funds established in the wake of Navy Yard shootings

September 19, 2013
A wreath placed during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial to honor victims of the Navy Yard shooting.(EPA/SHAWN THEW)
A wreath placed during a ceremony at the Navy Memorial to honor victims of the Navy Yard shooting.(EPA/Shawn Thew)

An organization dedicated to helping military families dealing with loss has established a support fund to aid relatives of those killed in Monday’s shooting at the Navy Yard.

The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) said that donations made to the fund would provide support programs and offer other help to grieving families. Donations can be made online.

TAPS offers a variety of free resources and support to families of fallen military members. The organization said several families of victims killed in the shooting had contacted TAPS through its toll-free help line (1-800-959-8277) in the hours after the gunman’s attack.

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region also announced a fund established in the wake of the shooting. The Navy Yard Relief Fund will support the families of victims and people injured in the attack. Donations are also being accepted online.

The foundation, which manages $326 million in donor assets and grants upward of $90 million to regional nonprofits every year, ran a $25 million relief fund for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon.

In addition to the relief fund, the foundation also established a Safer Communities Fund to address the larger issue of violence. That fund will support nonprofit groups offering mental health services and trying to reduce gun violence in the Washington region. Donations for that fund are also being accepted online.

The Navy League of the United States, a civilian nonprofit group, established the Washington Navy Yard Survivors Fund to aid people injured in the attack as well as relatives of victims. Donations can be made online.

Mike DeBonis contributed to this report.

This story has been updated.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.
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