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Federal Dollars Earmarked For Sandy Hook Victims, Family

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Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Students at the Connecticut school where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December are returning to classes in a neighboring town. (DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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(Newtown, Conn./CBS Connecticut) - The Newtown community is receiving over $7 million in federal grant money to support victims, family members, and first responders a year-and-a-half after the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The grant comes by way of the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime.

The funds wil be used primarily for support services but a portion will be reserved for school safety efforts.

Among other things, the dollars will help fund new mental health services, including long-term counseling for family members, law enforcement, and first responders.

Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty made the announcement in a joint press release.

Candice Bohr, the executive director of Newtown Family and Youth Services, says they’re appreciative of for the funding, noting that their client population has quadrupled in the time since the shootings.

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