Don’t End Health Care Funding for 9/11 Responders and Victims

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Target: U.S. Congress and Director of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. John Howard

Goal: Extend five-year health care funding for 9/11 responders and victims.

It’s been more than a decade since the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center buildings, but people still suffer from health problems caused by the toxic dust that covered New York. Many responders who risked their lives on that tragic day to help others became sick and suffered from health complications, including cancer, due to the toxic exposure.  Both victims and 9/11 responders were promised medical care coverage with the World Trade Center Health Program.

However, the funding expires one year from today as the funding only lasted five years. Five years of health care is the ultimate slap in the face to the survivors and heroes.

When these funds expire, many, such as those with cancer, won’t be able to afford their expensive treatment. Now is the time to put the pressure on Congress —  as advocates begin renewing their request for funding extensions — before it’s too late to change their minds. Please urge Congress to extend the funding, so our 9/11 heroes and victims can receive the medical care they need and deserve.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear U.S. Congress and Director of National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. John Howard,

The responders and survivors of the 9/11 World Trade Center building attacks were exposed to harmful, toxic chemicals that left many struggling with illness and even cancer. They were provided with funding to cover their health care needs for only five years and now they’ll be cut off in a year if funding isn’t extended.

Cutting funds is the equivalent of leaving our 9/11 heroes and victims to die, as that would be the case for many who became cancer stricken from breathing the toxic dust. Please show that our country takes care of their heroes and victims of terrorism by helping to ensure the funding is extended as long as possible.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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