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Washington Memo

Six and a half years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Washington is nearing a poignant milestone: the Survivors' Fund, the country's last major 9/11 charity, officially dissolves on May 15. In dollar terms, it was far from the biggest player: more than 7,000 people affected by the attacks have received over $12 billion, most of which came from the federally financed Victim Compensation Fund. But the $25 million Survivors' Fund, formed to help those affected by the crash of American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, may be the best model for assisting victims of a mass-casualty disaster.

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