Washington, DC – January 22, 2014 – New funding included in the Omnibus appropriations measure approved by President Obama last week will improve college campus and school safety according to VTV Family Outreach Foundation (VTV), families of the victims and survivors of the Virginia Tech mass shooting. Led by Virginia Congressman Frank Wolf and with overwhelming bi-partisan support, Congress included $75 million to create a comprehensive school safety initiative and an additional $2 million to support the recently created National Center for Campus Public Safety.
“We deeply appreciate this bi-partisan Congressional support to save lives at schools and on college campuses,” said VTV President, Joe Samaha. “This funding will enable the U.S. Department of Justice to provide essential safety resources for schools and colleges nationwide.”
“This funding will empower schools, colleges and universities with the technical resources they need to better prevent and respond to active shooter and other emergency situations,” said S. Daniel Carter, Director of VTV’s 32 National Campus Safety Initiative (32 NCSI). “We are grateful to Congressman Wolf and his colleagues for their leadership.”
More, however, remains to be done and the VTV Family Outreach Foundation is working with other victims, advocates, experts, students, professional organizations, as well as colleges and universities to make campuses safer.
About The VTV Family Outreach Foundation
The VTV Family Outreach Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established by a majority of the families and survivors directly impacted by the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. Determined to prevent a similar tragedy, the Foundation advocates for K-12 and campus safety and security. VTV’s landmark project called 32 National Campus Safety Initiative™ will forever improve campus safety. Also, by working with a bi-partisan team of Congressional legislators to champion a National Center for Campus Public Safety, VTV’s advocacy has secured Congressional support for funding the Center in 2014. Learn more at www.VTVfamilyfoundation.org.