I awoke Sunday morning to this horrible news, and like many of you, I prayed. Then, I headed to Orlando to meet up with my team of victim advocates to offer grief counseling to victims and families devastated by the attack.
I joined law enforcement. Their bravery and strength in the face of senseless and evil acts never ceases to amaze me. Many civilians also showed great courage, carrying injured victims away from the scene and out of harm’s way. Paramedics, nurses and doctors went to work immediately to treat the injured and save lives. Others answered the call by giving blood.
We stand united in love for the victims, their families and our country—with a resolve to strengthen and heal our nation. Sometimes the very actions meant to hurt us serve to make us stronger.
There is no consolation for those who lost their lives. All we have now are their memories and the loved ones they left behind. My victim advocates are helping the families of all 49 of the deceased victims file victim compensation claims. Eighty-five claims have been filed total and we remain in Orlando to help families grieve and assist them with medical bills and funeral expenses.
Generous people worldwide are also responding, opening their hearts and their wallets to raise millions of dollars for the victims and families. My office is working to make sure their generosity is honored by checking on new accounts and websites created in the wake of this tragedy and offering tips to help people give effectively.
Like after 9/11, Americans are joining together to strengthen and heal our country. This process will take time, as it always does, because the wounds are deep. But in the face of such terror and evil, we must stand united as a country—for freedom and against hate—and focus on the love and generosity that makes us great as a nation and as people.
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