RPT: San Bernardino Terror Attack Survivors Now Fight for Health Coverage
"I was shot by terrorists, and it feels like the people I worked with are victimizing me all over again" https://t.co/CZSYOVFeXR
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 1, 2016
A woman who was shot in the San Bernardino terror attack is now in a battle over health coverage for her injuries, the New York Times reported.
Valerie Kallis-Weber, 59, was left with numerous injuries one year ago when gunmen, a husband and wife, opened fire on an office Christmas party.
She told the paper she needs physical therapy to relearn how to use her arms and legs and needs assistance at home to perform basic activities.
But she and others are now learning their health coverage is being denied or reduced by the state's workers' compensation system.
"I was shot by terrorists, and it feels like the people I worked with are victimizing me all over again," she said.
Weber and her fellow injured county workers were told that their employer-based health insurance plans would not cover their injuries. Since they were injured in the workplace, they were placed into the workers' comp system, which officials said was not designed to handle such a mass casualty attack.
Read the full report, here.
Meantime, a new report states that the terrorists may have been motivated in part by his being required to attend the Christmas-themed gathering.
According to ABC News, gunman Syed Farook's wife, Tashfeen Malik, was angry that her husband had to attend the training session and lunch.
"She had essentially made the statement in an online account that she didn’t think that a Muslim should have to participate in a non-Muslim holiday or event," San Bernardino police chief Jarrod Burguan told ABC.
The attack left 14 people dead and 22 injured and the couple pledged allegiance to ISIS right after the Dec. 2, 2015 rampage.
They were shot dead by police just hours later.