Support funds established following shootings at the Navy Yard

September 19, 2013

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 will provide support programs and offer other help to grieving families. Donations can be made online at www.taps.org/navyyard.

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

The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has created the Navy Yard Relief Fund, which will support the families of victims and people injured in the attack. Donations also are being accepted online, at ­fluidweb.wufoo.com/forms/
the-navy-yard-relief-fund
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In addition to the relief fund, the foundation 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 area. Donations to that fund are being accepted at fluidweb.wufoo.com/forms/
the-safer-communities-fund
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Twelve people, plus the shooter, were killed in the shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.

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 at www.navyleague.org.

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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