The Mission of the VT’s Office of Recovery and Support

For the past six months, I have been told by Virginia Tech that the mission of the Office of Recovery and Support is to provide support for the families of those who lost loved ones, and the physically injured individuals, but that the mission of the Office of Recovery and Support does not include physically uninjured individuals, which is why they cannot help me.

Virginia Tech has expressed this position publically in recent Roanoke Times and Collegiate Times articles.

However, a 2008 memo from President Steger clearly rebuts some of their statements about the intended recipients. (Memo can be found here: http://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2008/05/2008-383.html, dated May 29, 2008.)

Here is an excerpt from the memo:

“The mission of the Office of Recovery and Support is unchanged: To provide support — specifically including improved two-way communication and facilitation of support services — for the families of those killed, the injured and their families, and others directly affected by the killings at Virginia Tech on April 16, 2007. Further, the Office of Recovery and Support is the central campus location to manage broader recovery efforts of the university community, such as commemoration activities.”

I interpret “others directly affected” as individuals who were chained in with the shooter, were shot at but the shooter missed, chose to jump out windows to save their lives, or build barricades to protect themselves. “Others directly affected” is the physically uninjured individuals -the population of people that I launched my campaign to help.

I am confused how Virginia Tech is interpreting “others directly affected.”  It seems straightforward to me.