It has been more than nine months since the tragic attack at Pulse nightclub took 49 innocent lives and shocked our country. I will never forget waking up to the horrific news. I quickly assembled my team of victim advocates and immediately headed to Orlando to offer whatever help we could.
My heart broke meeting the families of the victims and the survivors. We worked tirelessly to help pay their medical bills, funeral expenses and help them find grief counseling. The need was great and many wounds remain.
This week we received great news on behalf of the victims. The U.S. Department of Justice awarded my office an $8 million grant to help many of those still suffering. The funds will go directly to victim service costs in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. Additionally, the funds will ensure that victims, witnesses and first responders continue to receive essential services, including mental health counseling.
The Pulse attack was the deadliest mass shooting by a single individual in our country’s history and the largest terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11. It was also the most lethal act of violence against the LGBTQ community. At the time of the shooting, more than 400 people were at the nightclub—49 of them lost their lives, 53 suffered physical injuries. Countless others were devastated by the loss of a friend or loved one.
In many cases the physical injuries will heal more quickly than the emotional wounds. I pray this grant will help the victims continue down the path of healing.
Attorney General Bondi presenting a resolution at the meeting of the Florida Governor and Cabinet recognizing March 2017 as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. For more information about the resolution, click here.
Attorney General Bondi introducing Bethany, at the Florida Cabinet meeting. For more information on Bethany and other rescue animals in the Tallahassee area, visit TalGov.com/Animals.
Attorney General Bondi appearing on Capital Dateline Online, hosted by Brad Swanson of the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association, to discuss her fight against human trafficking, drug abuse, Medicaid fraud and more. To watch the full interview, click here.