September 11th Victim Aid and Compensation Fast Facts

Facts:
From 2001 to 2003, the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) processed claims relating to injuries and deaths caused by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
In 2011, the fund was re-opened to compensate first responders and individuals who later experienced health problems related to 9/11.
    The WTC Health Registry monitors the health of registrants who were directly exposed to the disaster.
    Statistics for VCF 2001-2003:
    The fund received 7,408 claim submissions from 75 countries. Awards were made in 5,560 of those cases and totaled over $7 billion.
    The fund received 2,963 death claims. This accounted for more than 98% of eligible families. Funds were distributed in 2,880 of these cases. The average award was $2,082,128 and went as high as $7.1 million.
    The fund received 4,445 personal injury claims. Funds were distributed in 2,680 of these cases. The awards ranged from $500.00 to $8.6 million.
    The money was tax-free.
    Statistics for Re-opened VCF 2011-December 2015:
    Annual update.
    Since its re-opening in 2011, the VCF has received 22,078 total eligibility forms. Of the 16,012 eligibility claims that can be decided, 13,437 have been approved.
    Over $1 billion in compensation has been rendered. The awards range from $10,000 to $4,133,466.
    The fund has received 15,765 personal injury claims that can be decided. Funds were approved in 13,279 of these cases.
    The fund has received 247 claims for deceased individuals that can be decided. Funds were approved in 158 of these cases.
    Timeline:
    November 26, 2001 -
    Kenneth R. Feinberg is appointed the Special Master in charge of the federal Victim Compensation Fund.
    June 15, 2004 - The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund finishes its work processing death and injury claims from families and relatives of 9/11 victims. Families of those killed had until December 22, 2003, to apply for compensation. Families who agree to get compensation from the federal fund agree not to sue the airlines.
    November 8, 2004 - A report by the Rand Institute for Civil Justice finds that victims of the September 11, 2001, attacks received an average of $3.1 million per person, totaling $8.7 billion. About $38 billion in all is paid out by the government, charities and insurance companies. Insurance companies pay the most, covering 51%. The majority of the money goes to New York businesses.
    January 2, 2011 - President Barack Obama signs the First Responders Bill, also known as the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, reactivating the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund that ran from 2001-2003. The act expands health coverage and compensation to first responders and individuals who have developed 9/11-related health problems, setting aside $2.775 billion to compensate claimants for lost wages and other damages related to the illnesses.
    May 18, 2011 - Attorney General Eric Holder names Sheila L. Birnbaum as Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. She administers the fund created by the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
    September 30, 2011 - The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund re-opens to serve those eligible for claims under the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act.
    October 31, 2011 - The re-opened 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund begins taking applications, and will continue through October 2016. Final payments will be made 2016-2017.
    August 15, 2012 - Sheila Birnbaum announces that award distribution is on hold until the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health makes a decision about adding cancer to the list of illnesses covered by the Zadroga Act.
    July 21, 2016 - Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch names Rupa Bhattacharyya as the new Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Bhattacharyya will take over when Sheila L. Birnbaum steps down later in the month.