9/11 Victim Blog

U.S. Was at War With al-Qaida Before 9/11 Military Judge Rules, Allowing Trial Against Alleged Plotter to Proceed

May 25, 2018

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Programs established in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks – including the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund and the World Trade Center Health Program – have provided much needed financial and medical help to those who suffered because of the events of that tragic day. As effective and essential as these programs have been, one thing they cannot provide victims is justice and accountability for those who perpetrated these acts of terror. Though a recent court ruling has allowed a lawsuit brought by 9/11 victims against Saudi Arabia for its role in the attacks to proceed, most efforts at justice… READ ARTICLE

New Studies Show Increased Cancer Risk for Firefighters Who Responded to World Trade Center Attacks

May 11, 2018

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Few groups have suffered from the long-term effects of the 9/11 attacks more than firefighters and other first responders who rushed to Ground Zero in the minutes, hours, and days after the first plane hit. Since that horrible day, scores of illnesses and cancers in firefighters, recovery workers, and residents of Lower Manhattan have been attributed to the “toxic cloud” which arose from the World Trade Center rubble. That cloud included many known carcinogens such as asbestos, glass fibers, lead, dioxins, PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl), PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and other hazards. In the first decade after 9/11, 697 cancers were… READ ARTICLE

Skin Cancers Most Common 9/11 Related Cancers

May 1, 2018

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9/11 related skin cancer is, by far, the  most common type of cancer suffered by downtown  New York City residents, workers, and students who were present in lower Manhattan on or after 9/11 attacks. This exposed population suffers from many types of skin cancers, including non-melanoma (malignant neoplasms) skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Less common, but much more serious, are malignant melanomas of the skin. Fortunately, downtown residents, workers, and students can receive lifetime healthcare form the World Trade Center Health Program which pays 100% for the cost of care of all 9/11-related dermatological… READ ARTICLE

9/11 Suits Against Saudi Arabia

April 25, 2018

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For tens of thousands of victims, survivors, and families who have suffered incomprehensible losses as a result of the September 11th attacks, the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) have provided critical compensation and care to help them rebuild their lives. As essential and effective as these two programs have been, one thing that they cannot provide is justice and accountability for those responsible for the tragic events of that horrible day. Since shortly after the attacks, it has been a widely held belief that Saudi Arabia and individual Saudis provided money, planning,… READ ARTICLE

WTC First Responders and Recovery Workers Need to Act NOW to Preserve Their Right to Workers’ Compensation Benefits

April 11, 2018

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The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) was established to provide compensation and resources to those who have suffered as a result of the September 11th attacks. But for New York first responders, rescue workers, and recovery workers, the VCF is not the only potential source of compensation for 9/11-related illnesses. The conditions caused by 9/11 exposure can and do impede victims’ ability to work and support their families. As with other injuries or illnesses which keep people off the job, 9/11-related conditions can be the basis of claims for workers’ compensation benefits. But many New Yorkers were having trouble getting… READ ARTICLE

Can I Still See My Own Doctor If I Enroll in the World Trade Center Health Program?

March 30, 2018

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The doctor-patient relationship is a very personal one, especially if you have been diagnosed with cancer or another serious illness. Many first responders, recovery workers, and others who have been diagnosed with 9/11-related illnesses first find out about their condition through their own doctor. Many of those people, if given the choice, would prefer to continue seeing their personal physician for treatment going forward. If you are one of the thousands of people diagnosed with cancer or other conditions arising from your presence at or near the World Trade Center, you can continue to see your own doctor. However, whether… READ ARTICLE