As we marked the 12th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, an architect of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, and her colleagues reminded that the deadline to register for the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) of the Zadroga Act was rapidly approaching.
9/11 first responders and survivors have until October 3rd to register. Anyone eligible for VCF compensation must register by the deadline, even if they are already enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program and are receiving its benefits.
The compensation available through the VCF applies to injured and ill 9/11 first-responders and survivors from the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the Shankesville crash sites.
Maloney was joined at a press conference this week by Congressman Jerry Nadler, VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, NYS AFL–CIO President Mario Cilento, union leaders and 9/11 first responders, to help bring attention to the approaching deadline. A similar press conference by Maloney and Nadler, in June, led to a jump in VCF enrollment from 17,800 to more than 23,000.
“I would urge anyone who was injured or made ill by the toxins released that day to take the time to find out about the VCF and if they should register for it,” said Maloney. “We can never stop fighting for those who became ill or continue to suffer since those first fateful days,” added Nadler.
Those who think they may be eligible for compensation can register by visiting www.vcf.gov.