Statement by Dr. John Howard Commemorating 20 Years Since September 11, 2001

Posted on by John Howard, M.D.


Twenty years after the tragic events of September 11th, 2001, we mourn the many family, friends, and loved ones lost on that fateful day. We also honor the responders who answered the call to help that day and afterwards, as well as the many survivors who soon after 9/11 returned to their homes, schools, and workplaces in the New York City disaster area.

9/11 continues to have a significant impact on the health of responders and survivors, even after two decades. Many still suffer both physically and mentally from conditions related to their exposures at or near Ground Zero and at the Pentagon and Shanksville sites. Sadly, some have been lost due to illnesses related to 9/11 exposure. Some are just experiencing their first related condition now.

The mission of the World Trade Center Health Program is to provide no-cost medical monitoring and treatment of World Trade Center-related conditions to help these responders and survivors, and to provide a high standard of compassionate care until the year 2090. On behalf of the World Trade Center Health Program, it is an honor for us to serve the 9/11 community.

With thousands of new members enrolled this past year alone, the need for the World Trade Center Health Program is as important now as ever. There are many who are a part of the 9/11 community who are not aware of this Program and the benefits available to them. If you or someone you know was there on 9/11 or in the months afterwards, please visit our website or call 1-888-982-4748 to learn more about the World Trade Center Health Program eligibility and how to apply.

We are here to help, and we will never forget.


John Howard, M.D.
Administrator, World Trade Center Health Program

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About the World Trade Center Health Program

The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment services to eligible 9/11 responders and survivors for certified WTC-related health conditions. Care is available throughout the country with several Clinical Centers of Excellence in the NY metropolitan area and a Nationwide Provider Network.

The WTC Health Program has surpassed 112,000 members, with over 80,000 responders and over 30,000 survivors as of June 30, 2021. 58% of members have at least one certified WTC-related health condition.

Top conditions certified by the Program include chronic rhinosinusitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), cancers, asthma, sleep apnea, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

For more information about WTC Health Program, including how to apply, covered conditions, Program statistics, and information on WTC-related research, please visit the WTC Health Program website.

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