September 11th responders and survivors who were diagnosed with certain cancers prior to October 12, 2012, must register with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) or they become ineligible to file claims for the program’s benefits.
At an October 7 press conference, Rep. Peter King said, “We must ensure that our 9/11 heroes receive the care they deserve and are not left fighting alone because of ineligibility.” He urged anyone who might be eligible for compensation “to visit VCF.gov immediately and determine if you should register to preserve your right to file a claim.” Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney and Jerrold Nadler, along with Rep. King and a group of 9/ll responders, labor leaders, community representatives and advocates for 9/11 survivors, held the press conference to alert the public to the deadline, 9/11 Health Watch reports.Those with a qualified health condition, including more than 60 cancers and other conditions caused by toxic exposure, have two years from their date of diagnosis to file a registration form in order to preserve the right to file a claim, according to 9/11 Health Watch. For those diagnosed on or before October 12, 2012, the deadline is today.
VCF compensation applies to injured and ill 9/11 first responders, recovery workers and volunteers, and survivors from the World Trade Center site, and from the Pentagon and the Shankesville, Pennsylvania plane crash site, 9/11 Health Watch reports. Those who believe they are eligible for compensation can register at www.vcf.gov. The web site provides information and assistance with the registration process and a list of qualified conditions.