One-on-one with victim expected to file claim for Las Vegas victims’ fund

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It’s been three months since the 1 October massacre on the Strip, and now victims are being allowed to file a claim to receive donations from the Las Vegas victims’ fund.
    
The families of the 58 victims, along with those who were physically injured have until Jan. 31 to fill out the online application.

Luca Iclodean says it’s a night he will never forget.

“I really don’t have words for it honestly,” said Iclodean.

He says it’s an experience that has left him scared, emotionally and physically.

“Terrifying doesn’t begin to describe it,” said Iclodean.

 Iclodean was working as a bar-back during the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival when he was shot in the back.  The bullet barely missed his heart, but it ended up in his right lung.

“I thank God every day that I’m still here today because it’s a miracle. Even my surgeon said he doesn’t understand how I’m here,” Iclodean said.

It’s been three months but Iclodean still recovering and unable to work.  His bills are piling up.

“I don’t know when I’ll be able to go back to work,” said  Iclodean. I don’t know how long the money that I have left is going to last me and I don’t know… it’s stressful.

To ease some of the stress, the 24-year-old will file a claim to receive financial help from the Las Vegas victims fund.

The application is now available on the National Compassion Fund’s website.

According to Iclodean, “every little bit helps.”

Those who were physically wounded will have to describe their injuries and sign a HIPPA released form in order for the Las Vegas victims fund committee to verify injuries and medical treatment.
    
As for family members filling a claim on behalf of the 58 victims killed, they will have to provide a death certificate, proof of relationship to the victims, as well as fill out a couple of other forms.

“Anything that I would receive from them I’d be very grateful for it,” Iclodean said.

Priority will be given to the families of the victims who were killed, along with those seriously wounded.

Followed by survivors who were treated and released on *or* before Oct. 10.    

Iclodean was hospitalized for 10 days, and while the donations will help financially, money can’t help ease his emotional trauma.

“The mental part of it; it’s the worse,” said Iclodean. “It really is.”

The amount each victim gets will be decided based on the number of applications and donations.

At last check, the Las Vegas victims fund had raised more than $22 million.  Checks are expected to be disbursed starting March 5.
    

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