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

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 Read More

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Three FDNY Ground Zero Veterans Die Within Two-Day Period

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 Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: VCF Cuts Future Awards Due to Unforeseen Spikes in Cancer and Death Claims

As you no doubt heard, the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), which has been providing financial help to thousands of injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors, announced cuts in pending claims of 50%, and cuts in future claims of up to 70%. This means that thousands of people in the 9/11 community, who live in Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: VCF Cuts Future Awards Due to Unforeseen Spikes in Cancer and Death Claims

So many people in the 9/11 community are getting sick and dying that the VCF is running out of money. When Congress passed the 9/11 Zadroga Act into law in 2011, it created the World Trade Center Health Program and the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).  But, cancers had not yet been linked to the WTC Read More

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Michael Barasch and Richard Alles Featured in Retired Member’s Association Newsletter

Good friend Michael Barasch and retired DC Rich Alles were on hand to urge members to sign up for the Victims Compensation Fund which ends 12/18/2020. They passed out literature about the VCF and info about all the cancers affecting us now. Mike told the membership to get a full body scan at least once Read More

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2-Year Countdown to the VCF Closing Deadline

UPDATE: THE VICTIM COMPENSATION FUND (VCF) WAS REAUTHORIZED BY CONGRESS IN JULY 2019 FOR FUNDING OF MORE THAN $10 BILLION Today marks the 2 year deadline from when the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will end. We have been humbled to represent the 9/11 community and it will continue to be our honor to represent you Read More

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Jon Stewart Joins 9/11 Advocates to Urge Extension of the VCF

On September 5, Jon Stewart was joined on the TODAY Show by Barasch & McGarry’s Director of Outreach, Ret. FDNY Deputy Chief Richard Alles and well-known 9/11 advocate John Feal. They discussed the importance of registering with the World Trade Center Health Program and warned about the soon-to-expire Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). They also appeared Read More

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From Retired Firefighters to Former High School Students, 9/11 Cancer Victims Continue to Emerge

From Retired Firefighters to Former High School Students, 9/11 Cancer Victims Continue to Emerge

February 2, 2018 was a particularly sad day for the FDNY. As reported in the New York Daily News, “Retired Firefighter Ronald Svec, 63, died after a nine-year battle with lung and spine cancer he contracted after his time toiling at Ground Zero.” Ret. Lt. Edward Meehan, 53, also died that day, the fifth FDNY member to succumb to a 9/11-related illness already this year…

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The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will Permanently Close Exactly 3 Years from Today

Today marks three years from the date that the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) will shut its doors forever. While the WTC Health Program (WTCHP) was extended for 75 years, the 9/11 Community will no longer be able to assert claims for compensation for new illnesses or wrongful death after December 18, 2020. Despite the fact that the VCF has awarded over $3 billion to 14,000+ responders, downtown residents, office workers, teachers and students, the reality is that only a fraction of those eligible have registered with the WTCHP and moved forward with a VCF claim.
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Where Do We Stand With the Ailing 9/11 First Responders?

9/11 Responder and Advocate John Feal and 9/11 Survivor and Attorney Michael Barasch discuss the spike in cancers and fatalities due to breathing in the World Trade Center toxins on 9/11 and during the 8 months following. Listen to Audio:

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  • Deadline Extended to Register for Compensation


    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.

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