This is our 18th holiday season since that horrific Tuesday morning changed all of our lives. It is never an easy time. Tragically, more than 2,300 people have died due to their World Trade Center exposure. Those battling serious illnesses, and the families that must go on without their loved one are always foremost on our minds.
As a firm, we mourn the loss of co-workers, the parents of several of our staff, our friends, and hundreds of our clients. We renew our commitment to support the loved ones they left behind, and to live each day with them in our hearts.
We are proud to have helped over 15,000 responders and survivors in the 9/11 community. We do so with dedication and compassion, and with an overriding sense of mission to ensure that every person in our community gets the health care and compensation they need and deserve.
There is reason to be hopeful. This year, we achieved a monumental victory. The government recognized our nation’s obligation to stand by us, by fully funding the Victim Compensation Fund. It will serve the 9/11 community for the next 70 years, as will the WTC Health Program.
The strength and unity of the 9/11 community is ever present. Throughout these 18 years, you have helped us to shine a light on this health crisis in big and small ways, by sharing information, by reaching out to family and friends, by showing up to events, and by supporting one another through it all.
Barasch & McGarry will continue to lead by example. The WTC Health Program and the VCF will be there for you for the next 70 years, and our firm will fight for you every step of the way. It is our honor to represent you.
We wish you a peaceful New Year, and we remind you that we are always here for you.
With sincere respect and warm regards,
Mike Barasch and the Attorneys & Staff at Barasch & McGarry