As of noon on Wednesday, 126 complete One Fund Boston applications have been submitted. This is good news after fund administrators made a plea for victims to submit applications in May after only a handful had been received.
"The applications will continue to be delivered throughout the day and up to the June 15 deadline. The submissions are being sent primarily via special overnight courier with some submissions coming in via US mail. Most of the submitted applications are complete -- those claimants whose applications are deficient are being contacted immediately as soon as the deficiency is determined," said Camille Biros to Patch, Deputy Administrator of the Fund.
While One Fund Boston Administrator Ken Feinberg has repeatedly said that no amount of money will heal all the scars left from the bombings, the more than $45-million, as of Wednesday morning, will be distributed to many survivors.
"There was a tremendous outreach effort by the One Fund Staff and the Mayor’s office as well as MOVA (Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance) to reach all potential claimants and encourage them to submit their claims. We are confident that we will receive claims for all of those individuals who were physically injured and from the families of the deceased," said Biros.
She chararctirized the increase in submissions during the last few days as "absolutely typical" of compensation funds for survivors and victims of events like the Aurora, Colorado shooting, 9/11, and the Virginia Tech shooting.
Funds are scheduled to start being distributed on June 30, with the three families who lost a loved one to receive around $1 million.
Next, those who suffered double amputations or more would receive funds, then single amputees, then those who required an overnight hospital stay. The final protocol for dispersing funds can be viewed on the One Fund site.
Downloadable claim forms are available through the One Fund Boston website. Victims can read and download a Frequently Asked Questions section about One Fund Boston for filing claims.
Help with completing One Fund forms is available by calling 866-298-2951 or going to the One Fund Boston website.