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Rep. Grimm Announces 100-Day Countdown to Register for 9/11 Compensation
STATEN ISLAND, NY – Today, Rep. Michael Grimm (R,C-NY) announced the 100-day countdown to the deadline for first responders and other survivors to file claims for economic loss with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The deadline is October 3, 2013. Rep. Grimm also expressed his support for a public awareness campaign launched today with New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) and other community advocates. The outreach campaign will help raise awareness of the expanded healthcare benefits available under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Rep. Grimm was invited to today’s press conference on the topic at 7 World Trade Center, but was unable to attend.
“Today marks the 100-day countdown to register for economic losses with the Victim Compensation Fund,” said Rep. Grimm. “Benefits remain available, but only for those are registered. That is why it is so important for anyone eligible to act now and register without delay. I am pleased to join my colleagues in the New York delegation in raising awareness of this deadline and the expanded health services provided under the Zadroga Act.”
“As a representative of many of our heroic first responders – and as a 9/11 first responder myself – I know how important these benefits are to those who have suffered loss or fallen ill from exposure to the toxins of the dust cloud and pile,” added Grimm. “In Congress, I have fought hard to strengthen the 9/11 health program and expand the coverage. Thanks to this program, our first responders, and other survivors who have fallen ill, are eligible for medical services like screenings and treatment programs. I encourage all who are eligible to take advantage of the health services and compensation provided.”
Under the World Trade Center Health Program created by the Zadroga Act, tens of thousands of people are eligible for free medical exams, treatment and medication. Those eligible include persons who lived and or worked in Lower Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn for one year after the 9/11 attacks and those who were exposed to toxins at The World Trade Center, The Pentagon and in Shanksville, PA. In the twelve years since the attacks, many who were exposed to toxins at or near these sites have been diagnosed with respiratory disease, cancer and other health complications.
For more information and to apply for the WTC Health Program, visit www.nycosh.org/wtc.