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Powerful New Videos Encourage Those Who Qualify to Seek Care through the World Trade Center Health Program

Categories: Cancer, Chemicals, Construction, Emergency Response/Public Sector, Respiratory Health, World Trade Center Health Program

Glenn, a retired New York City police officer, shares how the World Trade Center Health Program helped him regain his health.

Though the September 11th attacks were over a decade ago, thousands of people who were in the affected areas continue to experience physical and mental health symptoms as a result of their experience in the days, months, and even years following 9/11. They may not recognize that some cancers, a chronic cough, difficulty sleeping, or frequent heartburn that they— or their children— experience could be a 9/11 related health condition.

NIOSH is teaming up with our community partners to spread the word that help is available through the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. Created by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, the WTC Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders at the World Trade Center and related sites in New York City, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, PA, and for survivors who were in the New York City disaster area. All care for covered conditions is provided at no out of pocket costs for those who qualify.

The WTC Health Program has helped thousands regain their health following the September 11th terrorist attacks. This year the Program is launching a digital campaign to make sure that those who may qualify for care, but are not enrolled, get the help they need and deserve. The campaign features videos of members telling their stories. Both responders and survivors describe how their quality of life has dramatically improved through the care they received through the WTC Health Program.

You can view these powerful testimonials through the YouTube links below or at the WTC Health Program’s website. And if you choose, please share the videos to help us reach those who may need help.

Melissa Van Orman, MA

Ms. Van Orman is a Health Communication Specialist with the World Trade Center Health Program.

Responder Videos

Glenn, NYPD officer, helped others get the care they needed. Here’s how Glenn got help for himself with the WTC Health Program.
View Glenn’s story.

John, a construction and demolition worker, lost half of his foot working at Ground Zero. The WTC Health Program helped John regain his health.
View John’s Story. 

After 9/11, Alex worked long days as a clean up worker in lower Manhattan, which took a serious toll on his health. The WTC Health Program helped Alex recover.
View Alex’s story. 
Survivor Videos

Lillian, a mom on the Lower East side, found her family struggling with severe asthma following 9/11. The WTC Health Program helped Lillian’s family breathe easier.
View Lillian’s story. 
On 9/11, Florence escaped the South Tower before it collapsed. She survived but was left with severe asthma and other health problems. The WTC Health Program helped Florence recover.
View Florence’s story. 
Lainie worked in Lower Manhattan—both on 9/11 and in the weeks that followed. She and her wife struggled with the serious health problems that Lainie had as a result of exposure to dust near her workplace. The WTC Health Program helped Lainie recover.
View Lainie’s story. 

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  1. September 28, 2013 at 6:19 am ET  -   Web Development in Delhi

    Very impressive videos keep sharing more like this.

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  2. September 30, 2013 at 6:02 am ET  -   Vicente Arias Díaz

    El efecto sobre la salud de muchos contaminantes ambientales se presenta muchos años después de la exposición.
    Es importante tener en cuenta esta realidad.

    English translation from Google Translate added by NIOSH:
    The health effects of many environmental contaminants occur many years after exposure.
    It is important to note this fact.

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  3. October 1, 2013 at 12:41 am ET  -   soilangthang

    Very impressive videos keep sharing more like this.

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  4. October 1, 2013 at 12:50 am ET  -   Sekar Malam

    This information is very good and useful

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  5. October 1, 2013 at 4:33 am ET  -   James osborne

    Thanks to WTC in helping people to regain their health condition and in order for the jobs to be widely known, WTC needs to give people good enlightenment about it using different means.

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  6. October 11, 2013 at 8:07 am ET  -   Gad subone

    am really glad I have found this info.A good web site with interesting content, that is what I need. You have done a outstanding job!

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  7. October 14, 2013 at 4:11 am ET  -   Sumant Kaul

    Informative post thanks

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  8. November 13, 2013 at 2:45 am ET  -   Gadsubone

    Definitely a great post.. The information that you have provided is very helpful.

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  9. December 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm ET  -   yomi

    Who could have thought such tragic event still physically effect people to this day. What a loss we’ve suffered.


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  10. July 20, 2014 at 11:49 am ET  -   wp web design

    A very good thing that the WTC has implemented. Maybe someone can set up a website for the survivors where they can be in touch with each other?

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  11. September 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm ET  -   Sanju

    Awesome, impressive video. Keep sharing incredible stories.

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  12. October 7, 2014 at 8:09 am ET  -   Allan Reich

    Videos are really very impressive and encouraging. People who suffered in 9/11 attack should come ahead and take the advantage of the World Trade Center Health Program.

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  13. October 9, 2014 at 2:54 am ET  -   Robert

    Very impressive videos keep sharing more like this. Really very informative. Thank you so much for sharing with us…

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  14. October 13, 2014 at 5:33 pm ET  -   Oscar

    sometimes watch a video its better to make people change their mind
    thanks for the post

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  15. November 5, 2014 at 12:30 am ET  -   Harry

    I like the post! It’s really informative.
    Good job! :) very inspiring and helpful!

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  16. November 7, 2014 at 1:42 am ET  -   Expert Freelancer

    Who could have thought such tragic event still physically effect people to this day. What a loss we’ve suffered.

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  17. November 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm ET  -   Expert Freelancer

    A very good thing that the WTC has implemented!

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  18. November 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm ET  -   Custom CMS Vancouver


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  19. December 5, 2014 at 4:57 pm ET  -   Juan

    Thanks for this information.
    Didn’t have a clue.

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  20. January 28, 2015 at 9:39 am ET  -   Don't Panik!

    Great videos!

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  21. February 24, 2015 at 10:42 am ET  -   Web Development Vancouver

    Glad to read your post.
    Thanks for sharing. Hope this information will help in future.


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