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    Breaking News: The House of Representatives Votes in Favor of the Victim Compensation Fund Extension

    By Michael Barasch

    I am thrilled to announce that this afternoon, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (402-12) passed a 70 year extension of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). Congresswoman Maloney, who spearheaded the bi-partisan bill to extend and fully fund the VCF, was wearing the coat that Ret. FDNY Deputy Chief Richie Alles and I gave her […]

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    Breaking News: Pending Permanent Extension of the VCF Given New Name

    By Michael Barasch

    While we still wait for the Congressional Budget Office to announce the cost of the proposed bill, we are thrilled to report that sponsors of the pending legislation have added recently departed Detective Luis Alvarez and Firefighter Ray Pfeifer, deceased, to the name of the pending bill that would permanently extend and fully fund the […]

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  • Firefighter Urges Fellow 9/11 Responders to Get Key Medical Tests

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    Firefighter Urges Fellow 9/11 Responders to Get Key Medical Tests

    By Michael Barasch

    If you were a first responder, construction worker or anyone who was in the World Trade Center area in the aftermath of the September 11 attack, firefighter Steven “Bubba” Pascale has an important message for you: Get checked. During a CT scan of his lungs, doctors identified a large tumor on his right kidney. A […]

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    Wishing Everyone A Meaningful Father’s Day

    By Michael Barasch

    Father’s Day is an emotional day for all – whether you are celebrating a living father, lost father, or any other type of father. Michael Barasch joined Shelli Sonstein along with Bridget Gormley and Rob Tilearcio who both lost their fathers to the 9/11 toxins. As Shelli always says, she wants these heroes to be […]

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  • Heart Risk Factors Might Indicate Lung Problems in 9/11 Responders

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    Heart Risk Factors Might Indicate Lung Problems in 9/11 Responders

    By Michael Barasch

    Firefighters and others who were exposed to dangerous particulate matter at the World Trade Center site should also be aware that certain medical conditions associated with heart disease, such as abdominal obesity and high blood pressure, can increase the likelihood of developing lung problems. What doctors call “metabolic syndrome” has long been associated with an […]

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  • Three FDNY Ground Zero Veterans Die Within Two-Day Period

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    Three FDNY Ground Zero Veterans Die Within Two-Day Period

    By Michael Barasch

    Nearly 18 years after 343 New York City firefighters died at the scene of the World Trade Center attacks, the death toll is still mounting for workers whose illnesses can be traced to the recovery and cleanup operation. During a 48-hour period in April, three retired FDNY members who served in the post 9/11 recovery […]

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