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Last Day To Register For Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund

Fund Not Affected By Government Shutdown
The rubble of the World Trade Center - New York, NY - Sep 11, 2001 (credit: ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images)

The rubble of the World Trade Center – New York, NY – Sep 11, 2001 (credit: ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Time is running out to apply for the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund.

Thursday is the the last day to register for the $2.8 billion fund. No documentation is required for initial registration.

The Victim Compensation Fund covers those already sick or anyone who fears they may become sick due to the toxic dust that lingered in the air over lower Manhattan following the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Registering preserves the right to file a claim if you become sick in the next three years.

“These are your rights,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. “This is what is due to you and you have to register.”

“We have lost 42 people this year alone to 9/11-related cancers,” John Feal with the Fealgood Foundation told WCBS 880′s Peter Haskell.

LINKSept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund

The majority of those who’ve registered are first responders and construction workers who dug through the smoldering pile at the World Trade Center site for months. Others are people who lived and worked in the area.

Most have respiratory and digestive issues from the toxic dust.

Those enrolled in any of the World Trade Center medical programs must also register for the Victim Compensation Fund to be eligible.

The fund is not affected by the federal government shutdown.

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