Boston One Fund hits $29 million, but can't make victims 'whole' (+video)
The administrator of the Boston One Fund to help the victims of the marathon bombings says that he's going to have to make tough decisions – and not everyone will get what they need.
The administrator of a fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings is warning that, although One Fund Boston is generously endowed, it doesn’t appear set to cover all the costs for those who were injured or lost loved ones in the tragedy.
Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney who is administering the account, met with victims Monday and Tuesday after releasing a draft proposal for how the funds should be distributed.
So far One Fund Boston has raised $29 million.
Mr. Feinberg described the process as inherently controversial, and said that even large amounts of money can’t make victims feel they are being “made whole.”
"I've learned over the years ... [that] money is a pretty poor substitute for what you are going through," Feinberg told scores of victims and family members who gathered for the hearing Monday night. "If you had a billion dollars you could not have enough money to deal with all of the problems that ought to be addressed by these attacks."
A draft proposal would distribute money based on the severity of impacts, with the largest amounts going to families of people killed in the attacks as well as those who lost multiple limbs or have been diagnosed with permanent brain damage. On the next rung would be those who lost a single limb, followed by a category including those injured badly enough to be hospitalized for a night or more.
With the fund having $29 million paid or pledged as of Monday, Feinberg said the largest awards to individuals or families would total as much as $1 million or more from the fund.
He offered an estimate that 15 to 20 people had lost limbs in the attack.