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    First Active-Duty FDNY 9/11 Hero Succumbs to COVID-19

    By Michael Barasch

    9/11 devastated the New York City Fire Department, which lost 343 heroes in the wreckage of the horrific terrorist attacks. In the nearly two decades since then, hundreds of FDNY firefighters and emergency responders have succumbed to 68 different types of cancer and many respiratory diseases resulting from exposure to Ground Zero toxins. And now, […]

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    Forensic Dentist Who Identified 9/11 Victims Dies of COVID-19

    By Michael Barasch

    As Americans learned of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA, thousands of emergency responders and health care professionals rushed to the scene to help. These brave heroes, who came from every corner of the nation, included Dr. J. Randall Pearce, a forensic dentist working with the Forensic Anthropology Center […]

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  • COVID-19Health Programs

    When Will the COVID-19 Vaccine Be Available to Me?

    By Michael Barasch

    The first doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the U.S. in December, less than a year after news of the viral outbreak first leaked out of China. Now, with multiple vaccines earning FDA approval, many Americans are wondering when the vaccine will be available to them. This is a fluid and complicated situation, but […]

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  • COVID-199/11 InjuriesWTC Health Program

    How to Get a Free Flu Vaccination Through the WTC Health Program

    By Michael Barasch

    As the coronavirus surges through the country once again, members of the 9/11 community must do their best to limit their potential exposure. One good way to do that is by making sure you receive a flu shot. This is particularly important for people who are at high risk of serious complications from influenza — […]

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  • COVID-19FirefightersEMTs

    Lessons of 9/11 Responders for Coping with Grief

    By Michael Barasch

    A group of mental health professionals who work with 9/11 first responders and survivors through the World Trade Center Health Program recently published an article in Psychology Today on “What 9/11 Recovery Workers Teach Us About COVID-19 Coping.” The article explores how lessons from treating responders and rescue and recovery workers are applicable to the present crisis, […]

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  • Deadline Alert

    The deadline to register all VCF claims has been extended to July 2021 no matter when someone became sick or passed away. You must act quickly to register during this one-time window.

  • COVID-19Zadroga ActVictim Compensation Fund

    A Holiday Message from Michael Barasch of Barasch & McGarry

    By Michael Barasch

    Friends, as we struggle to celebrate our 20th Holiday Season together since that horrific Tuesday morning, I want to assure all of our clients at Barasch & McGarry that we will continue to fight to get 9/11 first responders and survivors the justice they deserve from the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).   In the midst of a […]

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