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FUNDING The Aurora Victim Relief Fund (“AVRF”) was established in partnership with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and the Community First Foundation to provide a vehicle for 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, in accordance with this Protocol, will be used to assist the families of the victims who were killed and the victims who were physically injured at the Century 16 Multiplex Theater shootings on July 20, 2012. The payments from the AVRF are to be apportioned in accordance with the severity of the 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 may still be made to the AVRF by sending a check to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund c/o the Governor’s Office until November 15, 2012. There are four classifications of eligible claimants under the AVRF program. The classifications and the respective distribution payments are outlined below. The balance in the AVRF as of October 15, 2012 is $4,961,739. Due to the limited size of the AVRF, Physical Injury Claims for victims who did not require overnight hospitalization and 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) is allocated to the Death Claims and the Claims for Victims who Sustained Life-Altering Injuries. Life-Altering Injuries are restricted by definition to physical injury claims involving permanent brain damage or permanent physical paralysis. The payment amount for each individual claimant is outlined below. Victims within this Category A will each receive the same payment amount. _____________________________________________________________________________________ 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 who sustained a Life-Altering Injury (restricted by definition to physical injuries involving
permanent brain damage or permanent physical paralysis) as a result of the shootings will be allocated 70% of the total of the AVRF. Eligible claimants should file a claim form to participate in the program. A single claim form should be submitted for each claimant filing an eligible Death Claim or an eligible Physical 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) is allocated to the Physical Injury Claims as described in Sections B, C and D below. The payment amount for each individual claimant in each of these categories will be determined upon completion of the review of all submitted claims in order to appropriately determine the category for each eligible claimant and the dollar amount for each category. Victims within each category will receive the amount allocated to each category. The allocated amounts for Categories B, C and D below have not yet been determined. The specific amounts for each of these categories will be 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 and October 15, 2012 due to physical injuries resulting from the shootings, a cash payment will be offered. Days and nights of hospitalization need not be immediate or contiguous, but documentation is required. 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 claimants who sustained injuries as described in this Section B will be determined upon 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 and October 15, 2012 due to physical injuries resulting from the shootings, a cash payment will be offered. Days and nights of hospitalization need not be immediate or contiguous, but documentation is required. 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 claimants who sustained injuries as described in this Section C will be determined upon 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 and including 7 days and nights between July 20, 2012 and October 15, 2012 due to physical injuries resulting from the shootings, a cash payment will be offered. Days and nights of hospitalization need not be immediate or contiguous, but documentation is required. 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 claimants who sustained injuries as described in Section D will be determined upon 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 injured victim) 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 be downloaded from the following site: http://1.usa.gov/QhVSpN. The claim form should be completed and submitted to the Fund Administrator (along with all necessary attachments) postmarked no later than November 1, 2012. Claim Forms should be mailed to: Kenneth R. Feinberg Fund Administrator c/o Office of Governor John Hickenlooper 136 State Capitol Denver, CO 80203 Or Emailed c/o: Phyllis.firstname.lastname@example.org B. Individual claimants may request a face-to-face personal meeting (or telephonic meeting) with the Fund Administrator before the final processing of all claims is completed. These meetings will be scheduled before the individual claim is processed but 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 the Fund Administrator c/o Susan@FeinbergRozen.com.
C. In the event that a claimant submits an incomplete or deficient claim, e.g. the claimant failed to include required documentation or failed to sign the claim form, a representative from the Governor’s office will informally work with the claimant in an effort to cure any such deficiencies. D. Cash payments will be issued immediately following the rendering of a final review and determination of all eligible claims. The Governor’s Office, working with the Fund Administrator, will authorize the payment, by check, to each eligible claimant. Checks will be sent to claimants via courier. E. A claim form filed for a death claimant will require the spouse’s signature if the deceased individual was married at the time of death. In cases where the victim was not married, the personal representative legally administering the estate must sign the claim form. The claim form will require the signature of both parents for a claim filed for a minor child (if both parents are living). F. In the event that an eligible claimant does not file a claim, or if any funds remain in the AVRF on November 15, 2012, such funds will be distributed to all previously approved, eligible claimants in the same proportion as the claimant’s total bears to the total fund using the approved allocation formula as outlined in this Final Protocol. G. Individuals should contact their tax advisor for any questions regarding tax liability for these payments. H. After November 15, 2012, a full audit of the AVRF will be conducted by an independent auditing firm. The results of this audit will be made available to all claimants, donors and the general public along with a Final Report from the Fund Administrator. OUTREACH A. Two group meetings were conducted by the Fund Administrator on October 11 and October 12, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado, to explain the contents of the draft Protocol and the claim submission process and to invite claimant input. Information collected from a victim’s survey and input from prior meetings with victims conducted by the 7/20 Recovery Committee, were all considered in developing this Protocol. B. Once finalized the Protocol and the claim forms will be disseminated to all known victims and available to any interested parties on October 15, 2012, the date of this Final Protocol. The deadline for submission of the claim form is November 1, 2012. The Fund Administrator and the Governor’s office will work directly with all claimants as requested to make sure that all claims are submitted by the November 1, 2012 deadline. C. Availability of face-to-face meetings with the Fund Administrator: All claims will be processed during the period November 1, 2012 through November 15, 2012. All claimants requesting face-to-face meetings with the Fund Administrator before the claim is processed will be afforded such a meeting during the period from November 1 through November 9, 2012. Meetings will be scheduled at mutually convenient times 4
and locations. In lieu of a face-to-face meeting, the claimant may request a telephonic meeting. To request a meeting please send your request via email to Susan Schmidt at Susan@Feinbergrozen.com or by telephone at 202 371-1110. D. The Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance (“COVA”) will assist victims in locating counseling services in their area. Please contact COVA at (303) 861-1160 or 1 (800)261-2682. TIMELINE October 11 and 12, 2012: the Fund Administrator conducted two group meetings in Aurora, Colorado. October 15: Final Protocol and Claim Forms disseminated to victims, families, and all interested parties. October 15 through November 1, 2012: Claim forms completed and submitted to the Office of the Governor. November 1 – November 9, 2012: All personal meetings requested with the Fund Administrator will be completed. November 1 – November 15, 2012: All claims reviewed and Final Payments determined. Payment Distribution – Payments to be issued immediately following rendering of Final Payment determinations. October 15, 2012: Last date for AVRF to receive additional online contributions. Money can still be donated to the AVRF until November 15, 2012 by sending a check to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund c/o the Governor’s Office.