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Group offers help to those needing it most

Posted: March 21, 2014 - 12:03am

There is a bill before lawmakers (Senate Bill 104) that is currently hung up and not being addressed. It concerns an agency that I did not know existed until I needed it, known as the Violent Crimes Compensation Board. The bill would provide funds to support the VCCB’s operating costs.

If you are the victim of a violent crime, they help pay doctors expenses and counseling. One day while walking home, I tried to stop a 27-year-old man, who was known as a repeat offender, from beating up some old people. My arm was broken in the process.

Through the VCCB, my arm was fixed and I was provided with counseling so that I would not turn into someone I didn’t want to become.

This tiny agency, manned by three great women, made sure I had what it took to heal. They are decent, kind and fair people who every day help those who need help the most.

Take a minute today and look up this agency. I hope you never need it, but lets make sure its there for people who do.

Call or email your lawmakers today and ask that this bill gets passed.

Sheila Higgins

Juneau

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