DOJ awards $8.5M grant to victims of Pulse massacre


March 14 (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Justice has announced an $8.5 million anti-terrorism grant to help the victims of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Fla.

The funds will be provided through the Justice Department’s Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Programs under the Office for Victims of Crime and allocated to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office.

The money will provide mental-health counseling to victims, witnesses and first responders. The funds will also reimburse local agencies for their efforts at the United Assistance Center, a help center which was established at the Camping World Stadium immediately after the shooting but has since moved.