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

New Alarms About Delays by NYCERS In Ruling on 9/11-Linked Disabilities
October 29, 2018
Could Reduce Federal VCF Payouts

Momentum Grows for 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Reauthorization, Sponsors Announce 100 Bipartisan Co-Sponsors in House and Senate
October 29, 2018
Bill to Permanently Reauthorize and Fund 9/11 VCF Gains Strong Bipartisan Support Less Than Three Weeks After Being Introduced

9/11 Responders Don’t Plan On Letting Congress Stiff Them, This Time
October 18, 2018
If there’s one thing 9/11 responders have learned over the last decade and a half, it’s that Congress won’t do anything to soothe the illness and tragedy that is still unfolding…

Help the heroes: Every representative from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut must back the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
October 18, 2018
When the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund — which aids the victims and heroes who suffered the toxic effects of the World Trade Center’s destruction — passed Congress in 2010…

Maloney to Speak at 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Workshop, Call for Congress to Take Quick Action to Fully Fund and Permanently Renew the VCF
October 16, 2018
Event hosted by Mount Sinai, 9/11 Health Watch and 9/11 WTC Health Program to help survivors and families navigate the VCF claims process

Gardner, Lance introduce bipartisan bills to permanently fund support for 9/11 victims
October 16, 2018
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and U.S. Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ) are original cosponsors of new bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would extend authorization…

Posttraumatic stress disorder in the short and medium term following the World Trade Center attack among Asian Americans
October 15, 2018
This study investigated patterns of probable posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and their predictors among 2,431 Asian American and 31,455 non-Hispanic White World Trade Center…

Responding to the call: Legislation filed to fully fund dwindling federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund
October 12, 2018
The fight for the health of the dwindling federal 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund — and the scores of survivors it helps every day — has begun.

Lance Pushes For 9/11 First Responders Fix
October 12, 2018
Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) has joined as an original cosponsor of legislation to permanently fund the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF).

With 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund Set To Expire In 2020 And 9/11 First Responder Cancer Rates Continuing To Rise, Senators Gillibrand, Gardner, Schumer & Representatives Maloney, Nadler, King Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Permanently Reauthorize And Fund VCF For 9/11 Heroes And Their Families
October 12, 2018
Bipartisan Legislation Would Ensure that 9/11 First Responders & Survivors Who Become Sick with Certified 9/11 Illnesses in the Future would be Covered by VCF Program…


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 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

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


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