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Aurora Victim Relief Fund Protocol

Aurora Victim Relief Fund Protocol

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AURORA VICTIM RELIEF FUNDPROTOCOLOCTOBER 15, 2012
FUNDING
The Aurora Victim Relief Fund (“AVRF) was established in partnership with ColoradoGovernor John Hickenlooper and the Community First Foundation to provide a vehiclefor donors seeking to make donations to assist victims of the tragic events of July 20,2012. The AVRF was established through the generosity of these donors and, inaccordance with this Protocol, will be used to assist the families of the victims who werekilled and the victims who were physically injured at the Century 16 Multiplex Theatershootings on July 20, 2012.The payments from the AVRF are to be apportioned in accordance with the severity ofthe injury to the victims arising from the disaster in Aurora, Colorado on July 20, 2012.The AVRF will be closed to new online donations on October 15, 2012. Donations maystill be made to the AVRF by sending a check to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund c/o theGovernor’s Office until November 15, 2012. There are four classifications of eligibleclaimants under the AVRF program. The classifications and the respective distributionpayments are outlined below.The balance in the AVRF as of October 15, 2012 is $4,961,739. Due to the limited size ofthe AVRF, Physical Injury Claims for victims who did not require overnight hospitalizationand Claims for mental trauma cannot be compensated.The AVRF will be allocated and distributed according to the following guidelines: ____________________________________________________________________________________
70% of the aggregate total of the AVRF totaling $3,473,217.00 (as of October 15, 2012) isallocated to the Death Claims and the Claims for Victims who Sustained Life-AlteringInjuries. Life-Altering Injuries are restricted by definition to physical injury claimsinvolving permanent brain damage or permanent physical paralysis. The paymentamount for each individual claimant is outlined below. Victims within this Category Awill each receive the same payment amount.
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A.
 
Death Claims and Claims for Victims who Sustained Life-Altering Injuries
The 12 families who lost a family member and those physically injured victims whosustained a Life-Altering Injury (restricted by definition to physical injuries involving
 
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permanent brain damage or permanent physical paralysis) as a result of the shootingswill be allocated 70% of the total of the AVRF.Eligible claimants should file a claim form to participate in the program. A single claimform should be submitted for each claimant filing an eligible Death Claim or an eligiblePhysical Injury Claim.Eligible claimants in this Category will receive payment in the amount of:
 
Approximately $200,000 ____________________________________________________________________________________ 
30% of the aggregate total of the AVRF totaling $1,488,222 (as of October 15, 2012) isallocated to the Physical Injury Claims as described in Sections B, C and D below. Thepayment amount for each individual claimant in each of these categories will bedetermined upon completion of the review of all submitted claims in order toappropriately determine the category for each eligible claimant and the dollaramount for each category. Victims within each category will receive the amountallocated to each category. The allocated amounts for Categories B, C and D belowhave not yet been determined. The specific amounts for each of these categories willbe determined upon completion of the review of all submitted claims. ____________________________________________________________________________________ 
B.
Physical Injury Claims with Hospitalization of 20 days and nights or more
For those hospitalized for 20 days and nights (or more) between July 20, 2012 andOctober 15, 2012 due to physical injuries resulting from the shootings, a cash paymentwill be offered. Days and nights of hospitalization need not be immediate orcontiguous, but documentation is required. All eligible claimants should file a claimform to participate in the program. Eligible claimants will receive the following:
 
Cash payment Amount of To Be Determined: Payments to claimantswho sustained injuries as described in this Section B will be determinedupon completion of the review of all submitted claims.C.
Physical Injury Claims with Hospitalization of 8 - 19 days and nights
 For those individuals hospitalized for 8 - 19 days and nights between July 20, 2012 andOctober 15, 2012 due to physical injuries resulting from the shootings, a cash paymentwill be offered. Days and nights of hospitalization need not be immediate orcontiguous, but documentation is required. All eligible claimants should file a claimform to participate in the program. Eligible claimants will receive the following:
 
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Cash payment Amount of To Be Determined: Payments to claimantswho sustained injuries as described in this Section C will be determinedupon completion of the review of all submitted claims.D.
Physical Injury Claims with Overnight Hospitalization of 7 days and nights or less
 For those individuals who were hospitalized for at least one day and night up to andincluding 7 days and nights between July 20, 2012 and October 15, 2012 due tophysical injuries resulting from the shootings, a cash payment will be offered. Days andnights of hospitalization need not be immediate or contiguous, but documentation isrequired. All eligible claimants should file a claim form to participate in the program.Eligible claimants will receive the following:
 
Cash payment Amount of To Be Determined: Payments to claimantswho sustained injuries as described in Section D will be determinedupon completion of the review of all submitted claims.
PROCESS AND PROCEDURES
The process and procedures for consideration of eligible claims will be as follows:A.
 
A uniform claim form (one for a deceased victim and one for a physically injuredvictim) and a copy of the Final Protocol will be provided to claimants on October 15,2012 by U.S. mail and by email. Copies of the Protocol and Claim Forms may also bedownloaded from the following site: http://1.usa.gov/QhVSpN.
 
The claim form shouldbe completed and submitted to the Fund Administrator (along with all necessaryattachments) postmarked no later than November 1, 2012. Claim Forms should bemailed to:Kenneth R. FeinbergFund Administratorc/o Office of Governor John Hickenlooper136 State CapitolDenver, CO 80203Or Emailed c/o:Phyllis.hanfling@state.co.usB.
 
Individual claimants may request a face-to-face personal meeting (ortelephonic meeting) with the Fund Administrator before the final processing of all claimsis completed. These meetings will be scheduled before the individual claim is processedbut will not serve to alter this Final Protocol or any allocation set forth in this Final Protocol.Requests to meet with the Fund Administrator should be sent by email request to theFund Administrator c/o Susan@FeinbergRozen.com.

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