By Erica Morse
Publisher, Victims News Online
Updated 6:00pm CST, December 15th, 2012
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is comprised of families of the victims of the April 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, the largest school shooting in the nation’s history. Upon hearing the news of yesterday’s tragic events, the VTV reached out to the families in Newtown, CT, with the following message:
We at the VTV Family Outreach Foundation, victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech tragedy, express our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of the children, teachers, and staff lost, survivors, and other victims in this time of trauma and grief. VTV’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) stands ready to participate, along with other organizations, to respond to this tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Our tragic experiences are of course unique, yet similar. VTV stands ready to help if called on.”
The VTV was founded after the Virginia Tech shootings, as a supportive network for the families and victims of those killed, but also for the survivors of the tragedy. In addition to encouragement and supportive efforts, the VTV offers outreach for counseling, events and vigils to celebrate the victims, and several scholarships in honor of those who lost their lives during the 2007 campus shootings.
Joe Samaha, President of VTV Family Outreach Foundation, said, “The immediate concern we have is for those families in Newtown whose lives are now altered, forever. From our VTV experience, as families of the victims and survivors of the April 16, 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, we know that their loss is incredible. Helping all to deal with the aftermath will take a lifetime of love and dedication.”
The focus of VTV is to promote and advocate for the safety and security of the nation’s colleges and universities – and to provide assistance and services to victims of school and college crime and their families. To learn more, please visit: http://www.vtvfamilyfoundation.org, or call (855) 462-7432.