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Deadline looms for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund registration

“It is not a matter of if, but when,” victims’ advocate says while encouraging those affected to file


In this Friday Sept. 11, 2020, file photo, a mourner prays over the etched name of the deceased Emilio Pete Ortiz at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York. Authorities say a U.S. Army soldier has been arrested in Georgia on terrorism charges after he spoke online about plotting to blow up the 9/11 Memorial in New York City and attack U.S. soldiers in the Middle East.

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By Jessie Forand

NEW YORK — Individuals who believe they may have incurred health injuries due to the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 are encouraged to register for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund before the July 29 deadline.

According to the fund’s website, registering reserves the right for someone to file a claim later in life.

Long Island firefighters gathered last week at the Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum and Education Center to talk about the impending deadline, the Long Island Herald reported.

“It is not a matter of if, but when,” political activist John Feal said. “We want you to register — file a claim.”

Those who worked at Ground Zero following the attacks, first responder or not, can register, including those who performed duties related to construction, clean-up, debris removal, media members and those who lived, worked or attended school in the exposed area, the Herald reported.

WHSU reported the deadline applies to families who lost someone to a 9/11-related cause before July 2019.

Those who don’t register before Thursday must do so within two years of a diagnosis or death from a 9/11-related illness.

“Less than 10% of the office workers, students, teachers and residents have enrolled. And that’s proof that they just don’t know that they’re entitled to the same benefits as the first responders,” Attorney Michael Barasch told the public radio station.