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

Holdout Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw — who once snubbed 9/11 survivor — signs on to Victim Compensation Fund renewal
May 23, 2019
The Texas Congressman who sparred with 9/11 responders over his lack of support for a bill to help survivors and victims of the 2001 attacks is signing on to the legislation.

Advocates In Washington To Push For New Funding For 9/11 Fund
May 22, 2019
With the seven billion dollar 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund running dry, advocates are back in Washington Wednesday trying to convince Congress to pony up more money.

Let’s Remember 9/11 Responders Who Suffer – And Fix 9/11 Compensation Fund Now
May 22, 2019
The time for waiting is done.

9/11 fund shrivels up as first responder cancer cases continue to grow
May 19, 2019
New Yorkers who survived 9/11 are experiencing a massive surge in aggressive brain cancers as dollars for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund continue to dry up…

Never Forget the Heroes Act a must for 9/11 responders
May 18, 2019
Sometimes people want what they don’t need.

Standing for the heroes: Congress appears to be stepping up for those sickened by the toxic air after 9/11
May 18, 2019
When September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya saw the ever-growing numbers of people felled by illnesses caused by exposure…

9/11 Victim Compensation Fund renewal bill clears major hurdle with backing by GOP congressman
May 17, 2019
The bill to renew the cash-strapped 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund is getting a major boost, with the backing of the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.

Shortfall in 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund leaves some responder families with nothing
May 12, 2019
Steep cuts in the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund are turning out to be much worse than the 50% forecast earlier this year — in real life, some people are getting nothing.

9/11 Victims Fund Dwindles As More People File For Help
May 10, 2019
A new report shows the 9/11 Victims Compensation Fund is being drained and is desperately in need of a cash infusion.

NYPD officers who died of 9/11-related illnesses in recent years added to memorial
May 10, 2019
Nearly 18 years after 23 New York Police Department officers died in the collapse of the World Trade Center, 9/11 remains the single biggest killer of officers in the nation’s largest police force.


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

911 Health Statement on Cuts to Compensation For Those Injured by 9/11 Due to Lack of Funding
Posted by Administrator | February 15, 2019
STATEMENT FROM 911 HEALTH WATCH ON the VCF’s determination of Insufficiencny and the cuts in Compensation that are being imposed FOR THOSE INJURED BY 9/11 DUE TO LACK OF FUNDING February 15th, 2019 Today’s announcement from the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Special … Continue reading

Statement from 911 Health Watch on “Notice of Inquiry“ Regarding the Potential of Cuts to Compensation for those Injured by 9/11 Due to Lack of Funding
Posted by Administrator | October 2, 2018
911 Health Watch wants to thank the Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF), Rupa Bhattacharyya, the Department of Justice and Attorney General Sessions for today’s publication in the Federal Register of the VCF’s “Notice of Inquiry” regarding the … Continue reading

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


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