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Arizonans encouraged to apply for Route 91 funds

August 2, 2018

PHOENIX — Arizonans who survived the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting are encouraged to apply to the Nevada Victims of Crime Program to help pay for current or future expenses resulting from the incident, according to the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

Deadline to apply is Oct. 1.

Nearly 600 Arizonans bought tickets for last October’s Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. So far, only 82 people from Arizona have applied for victims’ benefits. A majority of those who have applied are from Maricopa and Mohave counties.

A number of Bullhead City-area people were at the festival on Oct. 1 when gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay, a high-rise casino property overlooking the festival venue. Among the 59 people killed was Bullhead City resident Brett Schwanbeck. The 61-year-old Schwanbeck died two days after being struck in the head by gunfire.

More than 500 people were injured, some by gunfire and some by injuries suffered as they fled the area.

The State of Nevada is continuing a national outreach effort to ensure that everyone in attendance is aware of the Nevada Victims of Crime Program and how to apply for funds to help pay for out-of-pocket expenses.

Funds from the program may help reimburse survivors for medical bills, counseling and other professional medical services not covered by insurance. Even if survivors have not accumulated any eligible expenses now, they are encouraged to apply for the program prior to the deadline in the event they incur future expenses.

To apply for benefits, go to VegasStrongRC.org, email vegasstrongresiliencycenter@clarkcountynv.gov or call 833-299-2433.

The Vegas Strong Resiliency Center serves as a free, one-stop resource and referral hub for anyone affected by the shooting, including survivors, family members of victims, emergency responders and anyone who tried to help victims at the scene. Information about the center and an intake form are posted online.

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