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World Trade Center health program

For most of us, the 9/11 attacks will always live in our memories. Many others, unfortunately, still live with the consequences every day.

The U.S. Department of Justice has revised the registration rules for victims of cancer and certain pulmonary illnesses to receive money from the Zadroga Victim Compensation Fund. The revisions open up an opportunity for those precluded under the original rules.

You are eligible for compensation if you worked below Canal Street between Sept. 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, and have or in the future develop cancer or specific respiratory illnesses linked to the World Trade Center toxic dust. The UFT will help members attain proof of their work location, which is needed to file a claim.

Compensation may also be available to the family of any retired or in-service school employee who died from cancer or respiratory illnesses caused by repeated exposure to the WTC dust. Families must file a claim within two years of the relative’s date-of-death.

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