Originally created 10/09/01

Washington, D.C., Pennsylvania had victims, too



I am overwhelmed by the generosity of our city and our country. Augustans, as well as the rest of the United States, have raised phenomenal amounts of money to aid victims' families in New York City.

This is especially critical in view of the fact that many families may not be able to collect any insurance benefits until their loved ones' remains are found and identified, if ever.

I do have one concern: All I keep hearing about are the victims in New York and raising money for them. Have we forgotten about the victims at the Pentagon and in Pennsylvania?

All the separate funds should go into one central fund to be distributed based on need regardless of the location. The Pentagon and Pennsylvania victims' families need help just as much as the ones in New York City; they have bills to pay, children to send to college, loved ones to bury. Government survivors' benefits will not meet the Pentagon families needs.

Yes, the loss in New York City was greater and so is their need. Just don't forget the other victims.

Andrew Brejda, Martinez, Ga.