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Marathon Bomb Victims Eligible for State Fund

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON (AP) — Those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings have an alternative to the widely-publicized One Fund when seeking compensation.

The state’s Victim Compensation Fund, administered by the attorney general’s office, could provide up to $25,000 in aid to qualified applicants. Attorney General Martha Coakley, who is trying to raise awareness of the fund, says it may also help people not eligible for money from the One Fund.

The state fund, created in 1967, helps victims of violent crimes. It is funded through financial penalties paid to the state in criminal convictions and federal grants. Victims can receive up to $25,000, depending on the cost of medical care, funeral services, or other expenses incurred as a result of violent crime.

Coakley tells The Boston Globe more than 100 people have already applied.


Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.boston.com/globe

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