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Medal Commemorating 9/11 Sparks Controversy

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The Twin Towers are seen standing at the World Trade Center - New York, NY - Aug 24, 1997 - Photo: Al Bello /Allsport

The Twin Towers are seen standing at the World Trade Center – New York, NY – Aug 24, 1997 – Photo: Al Bello /Allsport

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Funds from the sales of a new coin minted to honor the victims of 9/11 are not being put to right uses, argues one victim’s widow, as WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports.

The medal is a nice idea with misplaced priorities. That’s the feeling of Patricia Cassasa.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reports

Cassasa was struck by how easily the bill creating the medal was passed into law, but how difficult it’s been for Congress to agree on helping 9/11 responders.

“…in the process of doing that, they got ill, and, how can I not feel that these people should be taken care of?” says Cassasa.

She wants the medal’s proceeds to help pay for responders’ health care, not the memorial.

Cassasa says, “I think the memorial will get funded without the use of these coins.”

Cassasa’s husband, John, was killed in tower one.

The design of the medal is still being finalized.

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