Running dry: Fund for 9/11 victims may not even last until 2020 deadline

The special master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, Rupa Bhattacharyya, announced that funds allotted by Congress to support those who have become ill from their exposure to toxins from the 9/11 terror attacks may run out before the  2020 deadline of the fund.

Congress authorized $7.375 billion to the fund for rescue and recovery workers, and residents, workers, and students in Lower Manhattan who are falling ill with cancers and other grave illnesses due to the aftereffects of the attacks reports Colin Mixson for the Downtown Express.

As of now, those who are ill have a deadline of December 12, 2020 to file claims for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. Anyone who becomes ill after that time will be ineligible. A new VCF report from October 2, 2018 claims that those people sick from the site who enroll in the VCF before the deadline may not receive appropriate compensation because of lack of funding.

All those who lived, worked, went to school, or worked the recovery effort south of Canal Street from September 12, 2001 until May 30, 2002 should register with the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund no matter their current state of health.

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