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9/11 VCF extends time to register previously barred claims

A critical deadline affecting the 9/11 community is fast approaching. The Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) has extended the time for hundreds of victims and their families to register claims that had been previously barred.

Previously, cancer victims had two years from certification of a 9/11 illness to register a claim. And, the statute of limitations for family members to register a wrongful death claim on behalf of a loved one who passed away was two years from the date of death.

The VCF Special Master has made a wonderful change that gives anyone who missed the prior two-year deadline the right to assert a claim, but only through the July 29, 2021 deadline.

If you know anyone who had cancer or lost a family member more than two years ago, please let them know that they can still register with the VCF, but that they must do so by the deadline. After that, any newly diagnosed certified illnesses must be registered within two years of certification by BHS, and any wrongful death claim must be registered within two years of the death. This two-year deadline will apply through 2090.

Please don’t let anyone miss out on this extension. There is help available to victims and families, but in order to access what they are entitled to, they must comply with the registration deadlines and filing requirements of the VCF. Please help us spread the word to your friends and coworkers, especially retirees and widows, who might not know their rights.

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