The USVSST Fund: Honoring Khobar Towers Victims and Supporting Terrorism Victims

September 22, 2023 kadmin22

The World is Changing

In a world fraught with acts of terrorism and violence, the United States government has made efforts to provide support and compensation to victims of these heinous acts. One of the key initiatives in this endeavor is the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism (USVSST) Fund. Established with the objective of aiding victims and their families, the fund not only provides financial compensation but also stands as a symbol of resilience and solidarity. This article delves into the significance of the USVSST Fund, paying special tribute to the Khobar Towers victims, whose tragic experiences highlighted the need for such a fund.

The USVSST Fund: A Beacon of Hope

The USVSST Fund, often referred to as the “Terrorism Victims Fund,” serves as a lifeline for victims of terrorism, particularly those who have suffered due to state-sponsored acts of terror. Its creation stems from a deep-seated commitment to justice, compassion, and the protection of American citizens worldwide. The fund’s primary purpose is to compensate victims for the physical, emotional, and financial toll exacted by acts of terrorism sponsored or supported by foreign governments.

A Brief History

The need for a dedicated fund to assist victims of terrorism became evident in the wake of several devastating attacks on U.S. interests abroad. One such tragic incident that played a pivotal role in shaping the fund’s history was the Khobar Towers bombing.

Khobar Towers: A Stark Reminder

The Khobar Towers bombing, which occurred on June 25, 1996, in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, was a watershed moment in the fight against terrorism and the impetus for establishing the USVSST Fund. The attack targeted a housing complex housing U.S. Air Force personnel, resulting in the deaths of 19 American servicemen and injury to hundreds more. This heinous act, attributed to Iranian-backed militants, was a stark reminder of the global reach of terrorism and the critical need to support its victims.

The Victims of Khobar Towers

The victims of the Khobar Towers bombing were not just statistics; they were sons, brothers, fathers, and friends. Their sacrifice serves as a constant reminder of the profound human cost of terrorism. Families were shattered, and survivors faced a long and arduous road to recovery, both physically and emotionally. The USVSST Fund, in recognizing the enduring pain and suffering experienced by these victims, was established as a tribute to their resilience and an embodiment of the nation’s commitment to standing with its citizens in times of adversity.

The USVSST Fund in Action

Since its inception, the USVSST Fund has played a pivotal role in supporting victims of state-sponsored terrorism. It operates as a unique financial resource, offering compensation to eligible victims and their families. The fund’s significance extends beyond financial aid, however, as it underscores the principle that those who suffer due to acts of terrorism should not be left to bear the burden alone.

Compensation and Support

The USVSST Fund provides compensation to victims of terrorism who file claims after they obtain judgments in connection to lawsuits filed against state sponsors of terrorism.

The USVSST Fund pays eligible claimants for a wide range of losses including physical and mental injuries, pain and suffering, and loss of companionship, based upon the judgment delivered at the end of the lawsuit.  This support is crucial in helping victims and their families rebuild their lives in the aftermath of a devastating attack. It sends a powerful message that the United States government is committed to alleviating the hardships faced by those affected by terrorism.

Expanding the Scope

The USVSST Fund has continually evolved to meet the changing landscape of terrorism. It is not limited to specific incidents or locations, but rather encompasses acts of state-sponsored terrorism worldwide. This expansion ensures that victims of terrorism, regardless of where they are targeted, can access the support they need.

Eligibility and Application Process

The USVSST Fund is accessible to a wide range of individuals who have been directly affected by state-sponsored acts of terrorism. Eligibility criteria typically require victims to demonstrate that they have suffered physical or mental injury, or immediate family members to demonstrate  that they have suffered emotional distress. The application process, while rigorous, is designed to ensure that aid reaches those who need it most. 

Remembering the Fallen

The 19 American servicemen who lost their lives in the Khobar Towers bombing are remembered not only for their dedication to duty but also for the profound impact their deaths had on U.S. policy and support for victims of terrorism. Their names are etched in history as a reminder of the price paid by those who defend the nation’s interests abroad.

The United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism (USVSST) Fund stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment of the United States government to support victims of terrorism worldwide. While it was born out of tragedy, particularly the Khobar Towers bombing, it serves as a beacon of hope for all those who have suffered due to state-sponsored acts of terror. By recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of the Khobar Towers victims, we pay tribute to their memory and reiterate our dedication to justice, compassion, and support for victims of terrorism everywhere. As the USVSST Fund continues to evolve and expand its reach, it exemplifies the enduring strength and resilience of the American spirit in the face of adversity.


Khobar Towers Victims

The Fairness Act is not fair!

Despite the inclusion of the Khobar Towers attack victims in the Fairness for 9/11 Families Act, survivors have faced numerous obstacles in receiving due compensation. Approximately 95% of Khobar Towers survivors have been left out of the initial and subsequent payments made under the act.

Include All Khobar Victims

To ensure the Fairness for 9/11 Families Act lives up to its name, Congress and the Senate must work together to address this issue faced by Khobar Towers survivors. By revising eligibility criteria, they can fix this unjust situation and provide fair and just compensation to those victims or terrorism.

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