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.
And, 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.
This cannot be allowed 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: http://www.renew911health.org/take-action/take-action-contact-your-members-of-congress/
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With deep respect,