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Advocates, Lawmakers Push to Extend 9/11 Programs, Benefits

In the months and years after the attacks of September 11, 2001, a number of programs were created to address incurred and ongoing losses of those impacted. These programs specifically aim to allow individuals to recoup medical expenses paid for treatment related to exposure at Ground Zero. The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act […]

Pennsylvania Members of Congress Must Come to the Rescue of Ground Zero Workers – Time to “Put Up or Shut Up”

We applaud the editorial writers of the NY Daily News who, recently called upon law makers from Pennsylvania to join those in New York and New Jersey in support of the extension of the 9/11 James Zadroga Health and Compensation Act.  Years after the fires at Ground Zero stopped smoldering, thousands of rescue and recovery […]

Hero from September 11 Attacks Dies of Cancer

William Sheldon Jr., a hero at Ground Zero on the day of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, died of cancer recently, becoming the first member of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to die from cancer related to the attack. He was only 47 years old. Sheldon was a native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and […]

What is the WTC Health Program?

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 has provided compensation to many 9/11 victims and their families, but the act has broader implications. The World Trade Center Health Program is another important aspect of the law, and it has even wider coverage than the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. In fact, even […]

What Types of Illnesses Does the VCF Cover?

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is designed to provide compensation to those who suffered injuries or illnesses as a result of the 9/11 terror attacks. But not all injuries are compensable. In fact, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010 provides a detailed list of conditions that qualify for VCF compensation. […]

Beware of 9/11 Early Payment Programs

As many claimants continue to await payments from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, some ailing first responders and other victims are becoming increasingly desperate because they need the payments for their medical bills and living expenses. Some companies have responded to this need by offering to float advance payment of VCF benefits to victims […]

Help is Available: VCF and WTCHP

Two programs provide relief to responders, recovery workers and others injured during the September 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States or by exposure to debris afterward. These two programs are the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). Although both programs were established by the same legislation, […]

Added Weight: Burden of Proof

Although it began payout to victims again in January of this year, the World Trade Center September 11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will not likely ever be able to fully compensate each victim. While vested with over $2 billion for illness and injury caused in the attack, the number of claims made against that sum […]

Elevated Rates of Post-9/11 Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

The immune system has many responses to something it identifies as potentially harmful to the body, including inflammatory responses. When inflammatory cells do not disperse, small clumps, called granulomas, can develop in many tissues in the body, but is most prevalent in the lungs. Symptoms of pulmonary sarcoidosis include coughing and shortness of breath. If […]

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