9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Eligibility
If you can say “YES” to both questions below, you may be eligible for compensation benefits from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund:
1. Were you present in the “9/11 Crash Site Area” (see generally map below*) between September 11th, 2001 and May 30th, 2002? and
2. Do you have a 9/11 “covered illness” such as cancer, breathing problems, or digestive issues?
Some of the Most Common Covered 9/11 Illnesses today are:
- Non-melanoma skin cancer
- Melanoma of the skin
- Prostate cancer
- Multiple Myeloma
- Kidney cancer
- Lung cancer
- Female breast cancer
- Thyroid cancer
- Colon cancer
- Bladder cancer
- Oropharynx cancer
- Rectal cancer
- Breast carcinoma in situ
- Other rare cancers
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD)
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS)
- Sleep Apnea
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
- and many more. (See below for most recent updated list from the Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)).
*Note: Generally, the “9/11 Crash Site Area” includes the World Trade Center site, Pentagon site, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania site, downtown Manhattan below Canal Street west to the Hudson River and east below Clinton Street to the East River. In addition, the crash site include the Fresh Kills landfill on Staten Island, the trucks and barges that removed 9/11 debris, places where emergency vehicles were cleaned, and the New York City Morgue.
In general, anyone with a covered illness who was present in Downtown Manhattan below Canal Street, the Fresh Kills landfill, on or near the barges/trucks that moved debris, the NYC Morgue, or garages where emergency vehicles were cleaned; or responded to the Pentagon or Shanksville, PA crash sites between the dates of September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002; may be eligible for free lifetime healthcare and a financial award. Medical benefits and financial awards depend on whether all eligibility criteria is satisfied and the strict registration deadline is met.
In addition, the “crash site area” or exposure zone under the World Trade Center Health Program is larger than the exposure zone for the VCF. The WTCHP exposure zone includes a section of downtown Brooklyn (the Brooklyn Heights area) and includes all of lower Manhattan south of Houston Street.