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
Below are the stories you’ll find at the WTC Health Program website. (Note: This section has been updated to include new material).
Alex… After 9/11, Alex worked long days as a clean up worker in lower Manhattan, which took a serious toll on his health.
Bob…Bob lives in Lower Manhattan and became sick soon after the 9/11 attacks. The WTC Health Program helped him recover.
Cynthia…The WTC Health Program has helped thousands of responders, and residents and workers recover their health following the 9/11 attacks.
Florence…On 9/11, Florence escaped the south tower before it collapsed. She survived but was left with severe asthma and other health problems.
Glenn…Glenn, NYPD officer, helped others get the care they needed. The WTC Health Program then helped Glenn recover.
John…John, a construction and demolition worker lost half of his foot working at Ground Zero.
Lainie…Lainie worked in lower Manhattan—both on 9/11 and in the weeks that followed. The dust cloud left her with serious health problems.
Lillian…Lillian, a mom from the lower East side, found her family struggling with severe asthma following 9/11.
Morris…After 9/11 Morris volunteered for months with the recovery effort. He developed asthma and depression. He says The WTC Health Program helped save his life.
Nick & Allison…Nick worked in dust up to his knees for months trying to restore electricity after 9/11. He became severely ill and faced enormous health bills. The WTC Health Program gave Nick and his family hope.
Stanley…Stanley, a firefighter, was part of the rescue effort at the North Tower on 9/11. He survived but was left with breathing and other health problems. The WTC Health Program helped Stanley recover.