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REGISTRATION AND CLAIM FILING DEADLINES

There are two deadlines in the VCF’s claim filing process: a Claim Filing Deadline and a Registration Deadline. It is important to distinguish between the two and be aware of which applies to your individual circumstances.

We have comprehensive information about each deadline, as well as details about when to register, and when to file a claim.

YOU'VE GOT MAIL!

You might have mail. Although the VCF is not currently able to mail hardcopy letters, we will continue to generate letters on a daily basis, and electronic copies of each letter will be uploaded to online claims daily. You can view all correspondence on your claim online through the claims system. If you do not have online access to your claim, please call the VCF Helpline, or contact your attorney (if you are working with one).

Welcome to the VCF

Serving the 9/11 Community for Decades to Come

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation to individuals (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who were present at the World Trade Center or the surrounding New York City Exposure Zone; the Pentagon crash site; and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash site, at some point between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, and who have since been diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness.  The VCF is not limited to first responders.  Compensation is also available to those who worked or volunteered in construction, clean-up, and debris removal; as well as people who lived, worked, or went to school in the exposure zone.   

Be sure to visit this website often for VCF news, program updates, and reporting; answers to frequently asked questions; access to forms and resources; step-by-step guides designed to make the process easier for claimants; and everything needed to register, file, and monitor the status of a claim.

The signing of the “Never Forget the Heroes, James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” in July 2019, fully funded the VCF to pay all eligible claims and extended the claim filing deadline to October 1, 2090. The enactment of this new law is a testament to the responders, survivors, and advocates who worked tirelessly to secure its passage, and in turn, our ability to continue our vital work.

Over the years, the VCF has earned a reputation for being faithful to our statute, fair to our claimants, and defensible to the taxpayers. As we look to the future, we will continue serving the 9/11 community as trusted administrators of this funding, ensuring that it is properly directed to its intended use for decades to come.

 

COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

The VCF remains operational at this time, although we expect delays in all areas of claims processing.

View our COVID-19 page for more information, and continue to check this website for updates.

    Policies and Procedures

    This resource includes information on eligibility criteria, the methodology used to calculate economic and non-economic loss, payment procedures, appeals and hearings, claims for deceased individuals, and information for claimants who are represented by an attorney for their claim.

    Listing of Claimants and Deceased Individuals

    As directed by the regulations, the listing of claimants and deceased individuals includes the names of those who have either filed a claim for a deceased individual or amended a personal injury claim to notify the VCF that the victim is deceased. The listing includes the claimant's name along with the deceased individual's name.

    Notice:

    The Fund will closely monitor any fraudulent activity including the submission of fraudulent claims and unauthorized use of www.vcf.gov. The Fund will report fraudulent conduct to federal law enforcement agencies and violators may be subject to criminal, civil or administrative penalties. If you wish to report information concerning suspected fraud concerning The Fund, please contact the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, at the following address:
     DOJOIG.FraudComplaints@usdoj.gov

    The security of all personally identifiable information is of paramount importance to everyone within the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. We implement various measures to protect the security and confidentiality of personally identifiable information. Such measures include access controls designed to limit access to personally identifiable information to the extent necessary to accomplish our mission. We also employ various security technologies to protect personally identifiable information stored on our systems. We test our security measures periodically to ensure that they remain operational.