FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 19, 2001

Magda Lynn Seymour
Diane S. Witiak
(202) 639-6419

Federal Employees Fund Scholarships For Oklahoma City Bombing Victims

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Six years ago today, the horrific bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City killed 168 children and adults and forever changed the lives of the Denny family. Miraculously, both Denny children survived the blast of the building’s day care center. Their parents, who worked in a nearby federal building, now know that the money for college scholarships is being held in reserve for both of their children.

The Denny children—and more than 200 others—will receive or have already received college scholarships with money raised by federal employees via the Federal Employees Education and Assistance (FEEA) fund. FEEA is a private, non-profit agency primarily funded through contributions by federal employees and their allies. Since 1986, the FEEA Emergency Assistance Program has provided over $2 million in financial assistance to federal employees who have experienced natural disasters or unforeseen personal emergencies.

FEEA provided immediate financial assistance after the bombing to victims and their families as well as to those who did not survive. The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a member of FEEA, merged its Federal Employees Disaster Support (FEDS) fund with FEEA to maximize efforts like the Oklahoma City scholarships. FEEA has provided more than $2.75 million in scholarships to civilian federal employees and their dependents. Federal employees who wish to contribute to FEEA can pledge #2808 during the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) this fall or visit their website at www.feea.org.

The American Federation of Government Employees, AFL-CIO, is the largest union for government employees, representing 600,000 federal workers in the United States and overseas, as well as employees of the District of Columbia. To learn more about AFGE, go to www.afge.org.




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