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Marathon bomb victims eligible for state fund

Those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings have an alternative to the widely publicized One Fund when seeking compensation, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley said.

The state’s Victim Compensation Fund, administered by her office, could provide up to $25,000 in additional aid to qualified applicants. The fund may also help those not eligible for money from the One Fund, said Coakley, who is trying to raise awareness about the fund.

The One Fund was established by Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas Menino after the April 15 explosions. It has received more than $30 million in pledged donations.

The largest sums will go to victims who experienced brain injuries and double amputations, and to family members of those who died. Others will receive smaller sums based on injuries. Coakley is concerned that some people might fall through the cracks.

The state fund, for example, could help a child who was not injured in the blast, but may need counseling because of the horrific scene he saw, Coakley told The Boston Globe. Applicants need not be Massachusetts residents, he said.

The Associated Press

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