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Progress made in Washington to extend VCF: How you can help

May 26, 2019 | Michael Barasch

This weekend is more than just a 3 day weekend. It’s a time to honor those who have served our great country, especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice. We remember those who have served abroad (like my own father who was a proud Private in Europe during WWII), and of course, we honor those who have served at home during those wars, including those who served and volunteered at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

This weekend in particular, we acknowledge our firefighters, police officers, and all the other responders who continue to suffer illnesses. And, we remember those who have died as a result of their exposure to WTC toxins.

We just completed our 8th trip down to Washington, D.C., and we’re making good progress. This past week, I was there with 5 people from my staff, along with over a dozen of my law firm’s clients (responders and survivors), meeting with legislators to encourage them to support the Victim Compensation Fund extension. I am thrilled to report that 296 representatives in the House of Representatives and 38 Senators have agreed to co-sponsor the extension.

Last week I was asked to appear on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”. I made an appeal for people outside of the NYC area to call their Senators in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Utah and Pennsylvania and demand their support. Please spread the word and feel free to share the interview. You can help by having your friends in these states call their senators and insist that they support the pending legislation. Here is the link:

Wishing you all a meaningful Memorial Day.

With deepest respect,
Mike Barasch

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