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Monthly Archives: November 2013

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Releases 2nd Annual Status Report

November 27, 2013

By on First Responders

VCF Special Master Sheila Birnbaum recently published an annual report on the overall performance of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund over the past year. The report included a summary of key second year activities as well as the status of filed claims statistics and administrative costs.Over the past year, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund had made much progress by partnering with advocates and and elected officials in reaching out to the 9/11 community about the October 3, 2013 registration deadline.

Denial Of 9/11 Disability Pensions Overturned: Recent Victory For Two First Responders

November 18, 2013

By on 9/11 WTC Pensions

Under the World Trade Center Presumptive Law, an applicant who is a permanently disabled 9/11 First Responder is entitled to a 3/4 pension because it is to be assumed the qualifying illness was related to exposure from World Trade Center toxins and debris. This does not apply if medical records show that an applicant had the qualifying illness prior to September 11, 2001.

Toxic Particles Inhaled At Ground Zero Linked To Early Signs Of Kidney Damage In 9/11 First Responders

November 14, 2013

By on 9/11 and Kidney Disease

If kidneys are not functioning properly then albumin can leak into the urine and can cause what’s known as albuminuria. Persistent albuminuria may indicate the onset of kidney disease. The World Trade Center Health Program is still collecting information and data about First Responders and the relationship between Ground Zero exposure time and kidney damage. It is too early to understand the long term effects.