Deadline Approaching to Register for World Trade Center CompensationSep 2, 2014
For police officers, firefighters and others who took part in World Trade Center rescue and recovery efforts in 2001-2002 and now suffer cancers and other illnesses caused by toxic exposure, a deadline to register for compensation through the James Zadroga September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) is six weeks away.
The New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is among the organizations that have alerted its members to the deadline. Those whose illnesses were diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012 with one of the cancers recognized by the VCF by that date must register by October 12, 2014, according to The PBA Beat. The newsletter reports that members diagnosed on or before October 21, 2013 with prostate cancer must register by October 21, 2015. Members who were diagnosed on or before February 18, 2014 with a “rare cancer” as defined by the WTC Health Program must register by February 18, 2016, and members diagnosed with any of the recognized cancers after the relevant cut-off date above may register up to two years after the date they became ill, but no later than October 3, 2016.
Many who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts developed serious illnesses at the time because of exposure to toxic dust, but others, including volunteers in the months after 9/11, did not become ill until years later. Toxins at the site and in the air caused cancers and illnesses that took years to develop. The federal Zadroga Act, named for the late New York Police Department detective James Zadroga, enacted in December 2010, reopened the September 11 compensation fund for an additional five years to provide compensation for job and economic losses for first responders, those trapped in the WTC buildings, and local residents who suffered illnesses related to the toxic dust.
The Victim Compensation Fund web site provides a detailed listing of the cancers covered and information about the registration process: www.vcf.gov. Assistance can be obtained by phone at 855.885.1555.