First responders, families gather in Washington to call for Congress to finance 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund

A new bill, titled the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act, has been introduced in the latest round of attempts to ensure that those made ill by their time at the World Trade Center can get some financial compensation for their loss of health.

Cops, firefighters, EMS workers, rescue and recovery workers, students and Lower Manhattan residents and workers made ill by their time near the burning wreckage have again travelled to Washington to prevent the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund from running out of money by next year, which it will do without action by Congress, reports Kristin Toussaint US Metro.

LeRoy McGinnis, vice president of the FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Association union, said, “Every 9/11 for 17 years, all politicians want to stand next to first responders and say the phrase, ‘Haven’t Forgotten,’ or ‘Never Forget.’ All over the country they do this, every state. Well, here’s their chance to back up that with some action.”

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