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BREAKING NEWS: VCF Cuts Future Awards Due to Unforeseen Spikes in Cancer and Death Claims

As you no doubt heard, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which has been providing financial help to thousands of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors, announced cuts in pending claims of 50%, and cuts in future claims of up to 70%. This means that thousands of people in the 9/11 community, who live in every state, will not get the full compensation they were expecting and deserve. Worse still, if Congress does not act, thousands more who are diagnosed with 9/11 related cancers will be denied any compensation since the VCF is set to expire at the end of 2020.

Additionally, many who have received awards will also be shut out if and when they are found disabled, or diagnosed with new illnesses in the future. These drastic cuts will affect them, as well as those who pass away from their WTC-linked illnesses.

Tens of thousands are being penalized merely because their illnesses were diagnosed later than an arbitrary date set by the VCF, or because it took the WTC Health Program months to certify their illnesses.

We will not allow this to happen.

We need your help; especially if you live outside of the NYC Metropolitan area. Please call your Members of Congress now and urge them to co-sponsor legislation that is being introduced by Senator Gillbrand called “Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act.” This Bill will fill the shortfall in funding for the VCF, fully compensate those whose awards are cut, and permanently authorize the Fund to remain open for years to come. There is an easy website tool that will make it easy for you to contact your Members of Congress. Please Click here to take action. You can also copy and paste this link into your web browser:

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With deep respect,
Michael Barasch

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    What a great service M, Barasch is doing for those who were bravely fighting to save the lives of those caught in the 9/11 attack on the United States of America. Our son was in New York as a visitor & having been a firefighter in his career he immediately responded to help & has been left with breathing problems. So many responders are left with debilitating disease & illness. We must continue to protect these persons forever.
    S. Iveson

    This is an outrageous act of failing to support our first responders who are just now coming down with various cancers due to their exposure to the toxic cocktail present at the WTC and could even be called a treasonous act if done knowingly.

    If this action was taken not knowing the still occurring illnesses and disabling Health issues and deaths then I suggest you do due diligence in researching this most Important continued need and please do the right thing.

    I was a DOT NY city worker during 9/11 and spent several months down there both with the city and the military. I was just diagnosed with kidney cancer, with more testing to come. Would I be considered a candidate for thi

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation

    There is still time to apply for significant compensation if you have been diagnosed with any of the 68 cancers that doctors at the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) have linked to the WTC toxic dust. The deadline to apply to the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is two years from the date that a cancer has been certified by the WTC Health Program — or any other governmental agency. The two-year period to register doesn’t start on the day of a cancer diagnosis. Rather, it starts only when a cancer survivor is made aware their cancer was linked to exposure to the WTC toxins.

    For those who died from their WTC-linked cancers, the two-year period for their family to register starts on the day of the death of the WTC victim.

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Please help spread the word about the strict two-year deadline to register a claim

Many people have tried to complete the VCF application on their own, only to learn that it requires answers to hundreds of questions and many documents to download. It would be our pleasure to help you complete the process in order to ensure that you receive the compensation that you are entitled to. Please call us for a free consultation.

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A cancer diagnosis can be terrifying. You undoubtedly have questions about your disease and how you will pay for treatment. Lawyers at Barasch & McGarry ensure you understand the complex requirements and help devise the best strategies for obtaining compensation and appropriate medical care under the Zadroga Act. Contact our law firm online or call 888-351-9421. The initial consultation is free, so it costs you nothing to find out whether a lawyer can help.
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