Doug Bedell — February 22, 2019, 9:57 pm

A Valid Security Claim: 9/11 Victims’ Funding


We don’t want to sound mercenary, and we’re sure the victims of the 9/11/2001 attacks don’t either, but there’s a question of due compensation for those injured on that horrendous day that ought to be recognized.

In Homeland Security, via the Associated Press, reports that the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund is running out of funding for valid claims for the attacks at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pa., and only partial relief is all that can presently be anticipated.

“Nearly 40,000 people have applied to the federal fund for people with illnesses potentially related to being at the World Trade Center site, the Pentagon or Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after the 2001 terror attacks there,” the In Homeland Security post advises, “and about 19,000 of those claims are pending. Nearly $5 billion in benefits have been awarded out of the $7.3 billion fund.

“(Special Master Rupa) Bhattacharyya said fund officials estimate it would take another $5 billion to pay pending claims and the claims that officials anticipate will be submitted before the fund’s December 2020 deadline.

“Absent that funding, officials determined that pending claims submitted by Feb. 1 would be paid at 50 percent of their prior value. Valid claims received after that date will be paid at just 30 percent.”

We’d suggest this is something that needs attending to. Some members of Congress see it the same way, and we’d urge them on.

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