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Idahoans who were at Las Vegas mass shooting should apply for victim assistance

September 8, 2018

BOISE — Idahoans who went to the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas last year are encouraged to apply for assistance with the Nevada Victims of Crime Program.

The Nevada Department of Administration is urging anyone who was at the festival to submit an application, regardless of whether they were injured in the mass shooting there, Clark County spokeswoman Stacey Welling said in a news release.

Records show 100 concert tickets were purchased by people who live in Idaho, the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare said Thursday. But only 13 have submitted applications to the Nevada Victims of Crime Program.

The program helps pay for out-of-pocket expenses, such as counseling co-pays.“According to mental health experts, many survivors of mass violence and trauma seek counseling months or years after an incident,” Welling said. “Even if survivors don’t feel they need assistance now, they should get an application on file... in case they seek help in the future.”The deadline to apply for assistance is Oct. 1.

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