September 11th Victim Compensation Fund

The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, or "VCF," was reopened in 2011 by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act originally for five years and then extended for another five years in 2015, to provide compensation for economic losses and harm to injured and ill 9/11 Responders and Survivors. The VCF will allow individuals who became ill or have passed away since the original VCF closed at the end of 2003 to be compensated for economic damages and losses stemming from their physical injuries.

With the reauthorization of the James Zadroga Act, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund will remain open until 2020 and has a total funding of over 7.3 billion dollars.

The VCF is run by the U.S. Department of Justice under the direction of Special Master, Sheila Birnbaum. There are specific deadlines to register for and to file completed claims to the reopened Victim Compensation Fund.

If you were a 9/11 Responder, Survivor or a family member of someone who was injured or made ill by 9/11 you need to look into the deadlines if you want to seek compensation. You can download the VCF’s Deadline guide here.

Revised 3/27/2016

News Clips

Grads of Schools Near Ground Zero: We Got Cancer From 9/11 Debris
November 10, 2017
The students at several schools around ground zero said they are now filing claims with the federal government to receive assistance from the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund

What is the status of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund?
October 13, 2017
The program to date has paid out over $3.1 billion covering more than 14,000 compensation determinations; Laura Ingle takes a closer look for ‘Special Report.’

Leaders of 9/11 fund call on ill survivors of terrorist attacks to apply for benefits
September 11, 2017
Officials in charge of the federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund urged people sickened by the terrorist attacks to apply for benefits.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund has paid out more than $3B this year
September 7, 2017
Payouts by the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund topped the $3 billion mark this year, surpassing the total originally approved by Congress to help ailing first responders.

Toms River 9/11 worker needs lung transplant, awarded Zadroga payout
August 25, 2017
A former Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker is in need of a transplant after contracting lung disease while working at the World Trade Center site following the 9/11 attacks.

Former transit worker with 9/11-related illness awarded $370K
August 24, 2017
A Toms River man who suffered a chronic lung disease due to working around Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 was recently awarded $369,454…

Inspector General issues scathing report on 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
August 18, 2017
The federal Office of the Inspector General releases a scathing report on the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

Op-Ed: 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund isn’t just for First Responders
August 3, 2017
There is a common misconception among many 9/11 survivors that the 9/11 Zadroga Health & Compensation Act was established to provide health care and compensation only for first responders. That is not true.

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund begins payments to new group of claimants
October 3, 2016
New Jersey residents who were injured, sickened or whose loved ones suffered harm as a result of the 9/11 attacks will begin receiving new payments from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, the fund’s overseer said.

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Begins Payments to Group B Claimants
October 3, 2016
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya announced that the VCF began payments today on Group B claims after the funding to pay became available on Oct. 1 as set forth in the 2015 Reauthorization Act…


Reports

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Annual Reports

5th Annual Report September 11th Victim Compensation Fund March 2017

3rd Annual Report September 11th Victim Compensation Fund October 2014

2nd Annual Report September 11th Victim Compensation Fund November 2013

1st Annual Report September 11th Victim Compensation Fund October 2012

September 11th, Victims Compensation Fund Statistics

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September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Participation by State as of September 2015

Office of Inspector General Report

OIG Report on VCF August 2017

Original Victim Compensation Fund

Final Report, by the Special Master Kenneth Feinberg for the original September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001

More Resources


Victim Compensation Fund

Visit the VCF website for more information.

Get the answers to frequently asked questions about the VCF.

Program Outreach Materials



Press Statements

Statement of 911 Health Watch on the Release of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 5th Annual Report
Posted by Administrator | March 14, 2017 “Today’s release by the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of its 5th Annual Report along with updated statistics continues to show real progress in providing the assistance that injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors have been waiting for. 911 … Continue reading

Message from Special Master 2017 0313
Posted by Steve Dondley | March 13, 2017

Statement of 911 Health Watch on Sheila Birnbaum stepping down as Special Master of September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF)
Posted by Steve Dondley | July 22, 2016 Statement of 911 Health Watch Inc. on Sheila Birnbaum stepping down as Special Master of September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) and Attorney General Loretta Lynch appointing Ms. Rupa Bhattacharyya, currently the Director, Torts Branch, Civil Division, United States Department … Continue reading

911 Health Watch Response to Today’s Message from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master and Updated Statistics
Posted by Administrator | January 15, 2015 For Immediate Release from 9/11 Health Watch January 15th, 2015 ben.chevat@911healthwatch.org 911 Health Watch Response to Today’s Message from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master and Updated Statistics “Today, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Sheila … Continue reading

Statement by 911 Health Watch on the release today of Updated Statistics from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Posted by Administrator | September 10, 2014 Below is a Press Statement by 911 Health Watch on the release today of Updated Statistics from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund For Immediate Release from 9/11 Health Watch September 9, 2014 Press Contact: Benjamin Chevat (646) 634-9103 ben.chevat@911healthwatch.org … Continue reading

Zadroga law 9/11 claims process too complex, advocates say
Posted by Administrator | April 20, 2014 More than half of the claims submitted to the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund remain incomplete, the result of a process that advocates and lawyers say had been too labor-intensive.

Statement of 911 Health Watch on the Release of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 2nd Annual Report
Posted by Administrator | November 22, 2013 For Immediate Release from 9/11 Health Watch November 22nd, 2013 Press Contact: Benjamin Chevat (646) 634-9103 ben.chevat@911healthwatch.org Statement of 911 Health Watch on the Release of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund 2nd Annual Report “Today, the September 11th Victim … Continue reading

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is Open during Government Shutdown
Posted by Administrator | October 5, 2013 For Immediate Release from 9/11 Health Watch October 1, 2013 Press Contact: Benjamin Chevat (646) 634-9103 ben.chevat@911healthwatch.org September 11th Victim Compensation Fund is Open during Government Shutdown 911 Health Watch wants to make sure that all injured and ill, 9/11 … Continue reading

On the 12th Anniversary of 9/11, Please Spread the Word That Help Is Available for Those Injured, Made Ill by the Attacks
Posted by Administrator | September 12, 2013 For Immediate Release from 9/11 Health Watch September 11th, 2013 Press Contact: Benjamin Chevat (646) 634-9103 ben.chevat@911healthwatch.org On the 12th Anniversary of 9/11, Please Spread the Word That Help Is Available for Those Injured, Made Ill by the Attacks Today, … Continue reading

Sick and Injured 9/11 Responders and Survivors Have Fewer Than 30 Days Left to Register for Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund
Posted by Administrator | September 6, 2013 Sick and Injured 9/11 Responders and Survivors Have Fewer Than 30 Days Left to Register for Sept. 11th Victim Compensation Fund For Immediate Release from 911 Health Watch September 4th, 2013 Press contact: Benjamin Chevat (646) 634-9103 ben.chevat@911healthwatch.org With fewer … Continue reading


VCF Video

Sept 11th Victims Compensation Meeting @ World Trade Center Site
Posted by Steve Dondley | September 24, 2013

Deadline approaching for September 11th Compensation Fund registration
Posted by Steve Dondley | September 19, 2013 John Feal, 9/11 victims’ advocate and founder of the Feal Good Foundation, sat down with the Morning News to discuss an important deadline approaching for the Victims Compensation Fund. View video

VCF Online Registration – HOW TO
Posted by Administrator | September 19, 2013

September 11th VCF Information Forum (Part 1 and 2)
Posted by Administrator | January 30, 2013

Press Availability, September 11th VCF Information Forum
Posted by Administrator | January 30, 2013

John Feal talks about the pace of 9/11 compensation
Posted by Administrator | December 10, 2012 John Feal talks about money being slow to roll out for the 9/11 victims who are entitled to compensation from the Zadroga Bill. Continue reading