Greenpoint Gazette
Courtesy Nick Moroni
Congresswoman Maloney (center) stands with Congressman Nadler (left), VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum (right, in blue), union leaders, 9/11 first responders and advocates and urges 9/11 first responders and survivors to register for Victim Compensation Fund before the Oct. 3rd deadline

Maloney Reminds 9/11 First Responders of Upcoming Deadline to Register for VCF Compensation

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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 AFLCIO 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.

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  • Gail Robinson:

    Thank you for spreading the word about the deadline for filing with the VCF. It’s also important that those who were at or near the World Trade Center following Sept. 11 know that they still have ample time to apply for free health benefits. Although the deadline to file for monetary compensation is Oct. 3, those seeking medical benefits, including free screening, treatment and medication have until 2016 to apply. They should, though, act promptly so they can begin to receive important health care.

    More than 1,100 people exposed to the toxins at Ground Zero already have been diagnosed with cancer. Many others suffer from coughs, asthma and mental health issues. Still more could face health problems in the future. This makes it vital that people get screened so they can receive the help they need and deserve.

    People can apply for health benefits or get information in Spanish, Chinese and Polish, as well as English, at http://nycosh.org/wtc. Information also is available by calling 855 4WTC-AID.

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