By Michael Barasch | Published July 29, 2019 | |
This morning I was honored to be invited to the White House to witness the historic signing of the law which fully funds and permanently extends the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. In addition to the legislators who sponsored the bill, the ceremony included families of our clients Jimmy Zadroga and Ray Pfeiffer, as well as Read MoreRead More
I am thrilled to report that this afternoon, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed the “Never Forget the Heroes: James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer & Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Act.” However, it is not a time to celebrate. As happy as I am for the 9/11 Community in general, and our Read MoreRead More
Senators Rand Paul & Mike Lee have blocked the passage of S.546 – “Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund”. 74 other Senators have agreed to co-sponsor this pending bi-partisan bill and nearly every other Senator has assured us that they will vote for it! As you know, the House Read MoreRead More
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 Read MoreRead More
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 Read MoreRead More
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 Read MoreRead More
WERE YOU THERE? As the former UFA Local 94 Health & Safety Officer, and the IAFF’s 1st District Vice President, I have served on many Committees protecting our firefighters and first responders. In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, firefighters , police officers and other responders came to NYC to help the FDNY during Read MoreRead More
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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.
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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