SENATOR BALL URGES THOSE WITH 9-11 RELATED ILLNESSES TO APPLY FOR BENEFITS BEFORE OCT. 3RD DEADLINE

 

    Brewster, N.Y – 9/25/2013 – Senator Greg Ball’s (R, C, I – Patterson) Chairman of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs Committee is urging those that suffer from an illness related to the attack on the World Trade Center to apply for free health benefits, before it’s too late.

    Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 is the deadline for those applying to the Victims Compensation Program covering financial compensation. Those seeking free medical care under the World Trade Center Health Program have until 2016 to apply.

    “Many of the brave souls that responded to the attacks as well as those that were in the area during the attacks are now suffering and dying from ailments connected to their time spent at and around Ground Zero. Many sucked in a ‘witches brew’ of poisons destroying their bodies,” said Senator Greg Ball. “The World Trade Center Health Program was created in 2010 to care for those affected by the attacks. We are urging anyone that suffers from these illnesses related to the 9-11 attacks to apply before the deadline. This program can only succeed if those who need treatment speak up and ask for the help they deserve.”

    First responders and volunteers who participated in the rescue, recovery or cleanup effort after 9/11 may qualify for free medical screening, treatment and medication even if they show no signs of illness.

    Others who lived, worked or attended school in Lower Manhattan and downtown Brooklyn also can receive screening and care at no charge, but only if they  experience symptoms.

    Since the attacks, more than 1,100 people who were near the World Trade Center in the months following 9/11 have been diagnosed with cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Others exposed to toxins at the site suffer from respiratory disease, digestive ailments such as GERD and other illnesses, including mental health conditions.

    Many of those affected do not realize their disease is related to the time they spent near Ground Zero, and since symptoms may not be apparent for years, hundreds, if not thousands, more may be at risk of developing 9/11-related illnesses in the future.

    You can apply for health benefits or get information at nycosh.org/wtc or by calling 855 4WTC-AID.

    For more information contact jbachmei@nysenate.gov or (845) 531-9796.

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