9/11 Volunteers Face Challenge Qualifying for Health Aid

Many of the New Yorkers who rushed to Ground Zero to volunteer on Sept. 11, 2001, and now suffer from chronic health problems might not qualify for shares of a $2.8-billion federal compensation fund because they cannot prove they were at the attack site, writes The New York Times.

Unlike firefighters, police, city employees, and contractors, whose 9/11 actions are backed up by detailed records, scores of impromptu aid workers have only the sketchiest evidence of their presence in the so-called exposure zone in lower Manhattan.

The fund, created by Congress in 2010, requires claimants to provide orders, instructions, or confirmation of tasks they performed; medical records created during their time in the exposure zone; or two sworn statements from witnesses describing their aid work.

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