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Only 3 Months Remaining Until Crucial 9/11 Deadline

April 29, 2021 | Michael Barasch

We are only three months away from the deadline for families in the 9/11 community to file claims for their loved ones who died of Ground Zero-related diseases. 

That means we must work together to inform the entire 9/11 community, particularly families that have not yet registered, before their time runs out.

Typically, first responders and survivors with 9/11-related illnesses – which include 68 different types of cancer and many respiratory diseases – must register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) within two years of the World Trade Center Health Program certifying their condition.

Similarly, families of 9/11 victims must register within two years of their loved one’s death.

But after the permanent extension of the VCF was enacted in 2019, VCF Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya created a two-year window for 9/11 community members and their families to file older claims that would otherwise have been time-barred.

The deadline for these older claims has been extended to July 29, 2021. 

Please help us share this information about the deadline with anyone you know who was in Lower Manhattan, at the Fresh Kills Landfill, the Pentagon or the Shanksville, PA, crash site on 9/11 or during any part of the following eight months (Note: Pentagon and Shanksville responders must prove that they were exposed on 9/11 or anytime up until November 19, 2001).

It’s not too late for you to register a claim.  But it will be soon!

The VCF will be open to victims and families until 2090, but to access these benefits, you must comply with the registration deadlines and filing requirements set by the VCF. Once this extension ends, the two-year deadline will return.

Don’t wait. Call 212-385-8000 or visit today.

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