2 years after marathon bombing, state renews offer of aid

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Posted: Apr 17, 2015 2:50 PM

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is renewing its push to aid those injured and traumatized by the Boston Marathon bombing.

Attorney General Maura Healey said Friday that the state's Office of Victim Assistance is continuing to offer access to experts on mental health, rehabilitation and hearing loss.

Tom Ralston was at the marathon finish line in 2013 when he heard the first explosion and thought a Jumbotron had collapsed. Then the second bomb exploded, throwing him to the ground.

Ralston suffered burns to his legs, shrapnel wounds to his hand and injured eardrums.

While he has largely recovered from his physical injuries, Ralston says the psychological effects of the event — including uncontrollable crying — persuaded him to reach out for help.