Rep. Maloney to 9/11 survivors, responders: don’t wait, apply for Victim Compensation Fund coverage, deadline approaching

Jun 24, 2013 Issues: 911 Health
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Nick Moroni (212) 860-0606

New York, NY - Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Congressman Jerry Nadler (NY-10), the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), the New York AFL-CIO and the Uniformed Firefighters Association joined 9/11 first responders and survivors, and other advocacy groups at 7 World Trade Center today to urge eligible 9/11 first responders and survivors to apply for economic compensation through the 9/11 James Zadroga Act’s Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The deadline to apply for VCF coverage is Oct. 3, 2013.

VCF is part of the 9/11 James Zadroga Act, which Congresswoman Maloney and Congressman Nadler sponsored. VCF provides economic compensation to 9/11 first responders and survivors, and their family members.

“It is so important that we make sure that anybody who is eligible for VCF coverage knows what is available to him or her, and knows to apply for those benefits before Oct. 3, 2013. Responders and survivors can apply for compensation for economic and non-economic losses -- such as pain and suffering -- that resulted from injuries,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Many of these men and women were there for us in our darkest hour. Now, we need to be there for them.”

Congresswoman Maloney applauded NYCOSH, 9/11 Health Watch and labor leaders for launching an outreach program to spread information on health coverage and compensation for first responders and survivors, and their family members. She also championed the idea, introduced by 9/11 Health Watch, of placing a digital countdown clock on the website of congressional representatives and activist organizations, to remind eligible applicants to seek compensation by the Oct. 3, 2013 deadline.

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund was reopened in 2010 when Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney co-authored the bill and Congressman Jerry Nadler co-sponsored it. The Zadroga law provides health care and economic compensation for first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, at The World Trade Center, The Pentagon and in Shankesville, PA.