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A message from Special Master Sheila Birnbaum, September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)

Today[April 15, 2016], the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) issued updated program statistics (available here). This report shows the progress we have made since the VCF was reauthorized in December 2015. As I have stated in recent messages, our most important priority at this time is paying all Group A claims in full as […]

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Some 9/11 firefighters suffer severe sinus problems: study

Robert Preidt reports in HealthDay on April 9, 2016 that firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center in the first two days after the terrorist attacks and those who spent more than six months at the site during the recovery are more likely to have sinus surgery than those with lesser exposure. Those firefighters at the […]

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 Judge grants 9/11 death benefits denied in ‘bad faith’

A judge has awarded benefits sought for nine years by the widow of Lt. Cruz Fernandez, wrote Andrew Keshner of the New York Law Journal. Fernandez, a 23-year veteran of the FDNY, who responded to the 9/11 attacks and spent 25 days working at the site during the recovery, died in 2006 at age 52. Brooklyn Supreme […]

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