After terrorists brought down the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, Terence Opiola, then an agent with the United States Customs Service, worked amid the debris for months, recovering body parts and other evidence to help identify victims.
In 2015, like many who had been at the site, he was told he had leukemia linked to his work there. Two years later, his illness forced him to retire at the age of 49 and he applied for benefits through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund, created to help sick Sept. 11 emergency workers, civilian survivors and their families. Recently he learned that he and others might get only a small fraction of what was promised when the federal government set up the fund.
As a father of three school-age children, he said, that news has devastated him. “The anxiety is through the roof,” he said.
On Feb. 15, the fund announced it planned to slash payments to survivors and their families by 50 percent to 70 percent because it is running out of money as the number of people sickened or killed because of their exposure to toxic dust from the towers’ collapse rises rapidly. Doctors say they have seen a surge in illnesses in recent years not only among firefighters and emergency medical technicians, but also among students, teachers, journalists, government workers and others who were exposed.
Congress added .6 billion to the fund in 2015 and extended its life by five years after extensive lobbying. Fund officials said they have paid almost billion in claims to 21,000 survivors or their families from the .3 billion account. Over the past two years, 20,000 more people have applied for benefits, Rupa Bhattacharyya, the fund’s administrator, said in a message on its website on Feb. 15. The figure is expected to rise.
If Congress does not provide more money, thousands of these sick firefighters, emergency medical technicians, police officers and civilian volunteers will be without the help the country promised them.
Charlotte Berwind, whose husband, Charles Flickinger, died of a Sept. 11-linked cancer in 2017, said she won’t be able to stay in their home without the full benefit from the fund. Ms. Berwind, 65, said that she felt that most Americans had long ago moved on from the attacks and that they didn’t understand that people were still getting sick and dying. “We are yesterday’s news,” she said. “They’ve forgotten. It’s over for them.”
All those years ago, the horrifying attacks brought the nation together in common cause. Now America forgets these people, but finds the money for a .5 trillion tax cut for the wealthy. The country turns its back on these citizens, even as President Trump demands a border wall that could cost up to billion.
Fortunately, a bipartisan group of congressional members, most but not all from New York, have again taken up the cause of everyday Americans who served, lived and worked at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. On Monday the group introduced a bill to replenish the fund and extend its life permanently. Aiding their efforts is the comedian Jon Stewart, who has lent his fame to this cause for years. The bill’s sponsors are waiting for a Congressional Budget Office analysis before determining how much money the fund needs.
For years, much of the focus has been on emergency medical workers, which is understandable. But Congress can do more to help the other Americans who are sick or may become sick from attack-related diseases. It might consider requiring the federally run World Trade Center Health Program to monitor the health of civilians who were exposed to toxins at the site before they become sick, for instance. Doctors say that doing so would help save lives, and give officials and researchers a better sense of how many people are sick or may become sick.
And a must for Congress is to close an egregious loophole in the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program run by the Department of Justice that has excluded a small group of emergency medical workers who worked on private ambulance crews from receiving the help they need and to which they should be entitled. That has left people like Marvin Bethea, who worked for St. Vincent’s Medical Center on Sept. 11 and has for years struggled with illnesses linked to the toxic cloud, without access to the benefit. Though Mr. Bethea worked for a private ambulance crew, he was dispatched to the World Trade Center by the New York Fire Department and required by law to respond. “We did our duty that day, and they called us heroes,” he said.
The survivors of the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil have been forced to beg Washington for help. That they have to ask at all is a slap in the face and a sign of national priorities run far astray.
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2014年跑狗图全年记录“【这】【个】？”【沈】【凉】【姩】【挑】【眉】【示】【意】【唐】【让】【看】【看】【前】【面】【那】【件】【红】【色】【的】【毛】【衣】【背】【心】。 【唐】【让】【摸】【着】【红】【色】【的】【毛】【衣】【背】【心】，【点】【点】【头】，【这】【种】【颜】【色】【是】【他】【喜】【欢】【的】，【不】【过】【就】【是】【款】【式】【有】【点】【老】【了】。 【见】【她】【如】【有】【所】【思】【的】【样】【子】，【沈】【凉】【姩】【摇】【头】，【看】【别】【的】【衣】【服】【去】【了】。 【顾】【攸】【宁】【平】【时】【穿】【的】【都】【是】【手】【工】【定】【制】【的】，【从】【外】【面】【买】【的】【他】【不】【一】【定】【的】【喜】【欢】。【沈】【凉】【姩】【寻】【思】【着】【给】【顾】【攸】【宁】【也】【带】【一】【件】
0278 【毒】【液】 ‘【不】【准】【杀】【人】。’ 【黛】【丝】【想】【起】【尉】【池】【晓】【的】【交】【代】，【没】【有】【让】【玉】【玲】【珑】【下】【杀】【手】。 【黛】【丝】【站】【起】【来】，【有】【些】【虚】【弱】，【经】【脉】【里】【的】【灵】【气】【消】【耗】【一】【空】，【没】【有】【丹】【田】【的】【及】【时】【补】【充】，【感】【觉】【有】【些】【不】【着】【力】。 “【今】【天】【先】【到】【这】【里】。”【黛】【丝】【跟】【主】【持】【人】【说】。 “【他】……”【主】【持】【人】【看】【着】【冰】【冻】【的】【谢】【米】【拉】，【有】【些】【不】【知】【所】【措】，【他】【现】【在】【不】【知】【道】【情】【况】。
【林】【嘉】【是】【被】【场】【上】【的】【一】【阵】【掌】【声】【和】【欢】【呼】【声】【打】【断】【了】【沉】【思】，【睁】【开】【眼】，【就】【看】【到】【周】【玺】【一】【脸】【得】【意】【地】【晃】【着】【手】【中】【的】【饮】【料】【瓶】。 “【各】【位】【老】【师】，【不】【好】【意】【思】，【今】【天】【这】【道】【题】【答】【案】【就】【是】【我】【来】【决】【定】【啦】，【承】【让】【承】【让】。” 【周】【玺】【话】【是】【说】【得】【各】【种】【谦】【虚】【漂】【亮】，【可】【眉】【飞】【色】【舞】【地】【模】【样】，【恨】【不】【得】【脸】【上】【写】【上】“【得】【意】【洋】【洋】”【四】【个】【大】【字】。 【上】【官】【云】【清】【最】【看】【不】【惯】【周】【玺】【这】【模】【样】，【于】
【秦】【朗】【等】【着】【北】【爱】【说】【话】，【却】【看】【她】【久】【久】【不】【说】【话】，【嘴】【型】【微】【微】【张】【开】，【看】【上】【去】【应】【该】【是】【被】【眼】【前】【的】【景】【象】【惊】【讶】【到】【了】。 “【你】【想】【玩】【儿】【什】【么】？【我】【带】【你】【去】【玩】【儿】。”【与】【其】【让】【她】【继】【续】【在】【这】【里】【惊】【讶】【发】【呆】，【不】【如】【主】【动】【带】【她】【去】。【秦】【朗】【抓】【起】【北】【爱】【的】【小】【手】【就】【往】【旁】【边】【最】【近】【的】【一】【个】【项】【目】【走】【去】。 【期】【间】，【不】【知】【从】【哪】【里】【又】【冒】【出】【一】【阵】【水】【花】，【北】【爱】【下】【意】【识】【就】【拿】【手】【挡】【着】【自】【己】【的】【眼】
【师】【诗】【无】【法】，【只】【能】【跟】【了】【上】【去】，【然】【而】【下】【一】【瞬】，【她】【还】【没】【有】【反】【应】【过】【来】，【就】【见】【萧】【恒】【突】【然】【之】【间】【转】【过】【身】【来】，【他】【轻】【轻】【将】【师】【诗】【往】【自】【己】【身】【前】【一】【带】，【然】【后】【就】【非】【常】【自】【如】【的】，【将】【自】【己】【手】【中】【的】【一】【块】【月】【白】【色】【的】【玉】【石】【象】【牙】，【戴】【在】【了】【师】【诗】【的】【脖】【子】【上】。 【修】【长】【纤】【细】【的】【脖】【颈】【十】【分】【柔】【软】，【陪】【着】【月】【白】【色】【的】【象】【牙】，【十】【分】【相】【得】【益】【彰】。 【师】【诗】【在】【萧】【恒】【的】【动】【作】【之】【下】，【一】【个】【猝】【不】2014年跑狗图全年记录【就】【在】【这】【个】【时】【候】，【叶】【英】【凡】【的】【手】【机】【响】【了】。 【那】【是】【一】【个】【陌】【生】【的】【手】【机】【号】【码】，【叶】【英】【凡】【从】【来】【没】【有】【见】【过】。 【叶】【英】【凡】【不】【管】【那】【么】【多】，【打】【开】【手】【机】【接】【了】【电】【话】：“【喂】，【是】【谁】？” “【是】【叶】【英】【凡】【吗】？”【手】【机】【里】【传】【来】【一】【个】【女】【人】【的】【声】【音】。 “【我】【是】【叶】【英】【凡】，【你】【到】【底】【是】【谁】？”【叶】【英】【凡】【有】【点】【恼】【火】【了】，【怎】【么】【这】【个】【人】【会】【是】【这】【样】【呢】？【为】【什】【么】【不】【直】【接】【报】【家】【门】。
【被】【一】【脚】【踢】【飞】【的】【小】【五】【略】【显】【狼】【狈】，【但】【他】【却】【并】【不】【惊】【慌】。 【他】【学】【过】【几】【年】【千】【斤】【坠】【的】【功】【夫】，【硬】【是】【靠】【着】【恐】【怖】【的】【腰】【腹】【力】【量】【在】【半】【空】【中】【调】【整】【好】【了】【重】【心】，【然】【后】【四】【平】【八】【稳】【的】【落】【在】【了】【地】【上】。 【可】【他】【脚】【刚】【一】【沾】【地】，【却】【好】【像】【踩】【到】【什】【么】【东】【西】【上】【面】，【他】【的】【脚】【底】【板】【往】【前】【一】【滑】，【然】【后】【他】【便】【重】【重】【摔】【在】【了】【地】【上】。 【强】【大】【的】【冲】【击】【力】【瞬】【间】【转】【移】【到】【了】【他】【的】【屁】【股】【上】，【只】【听】“
【除】【去】【这】【只】【打】【游】【击】【的】【救】【援】【队】【伍】，【是】【向】【维】【和】【使】【宣】【战】【的】【第】【一】【步】。 【这】【天】，【白】【起】【只】【是】【简】【短】【的】，【向】【夏】【雪】【透】【露】【了】【一】【点】【点】【风】【声】。 【勾】【起】【了】【夏】【雪】【好】【奇】【心】【的】【同】【时】，【却】【没】【有】【详】【细】【告】【知】。 …… 【与】【此】【同】【时】，【豪】【庭】【一】【品】【之】【外】，【无】【邪】【市】【近】【来】【也】【不】【太】【安】【生】。 【维】【和】【使】【旗】【下】，【几】【名】【外】【出】【执】【行】【任】【务】【的】【异】【能】【新】【人】，【在】【晚】【上】，【遭】【遇】【了】【一】【场】【突】【袭】。
【不】【知】【道】【过】【了】【有】【多】【久】，【夏】【辰】【才】【终】【于】【停】【了】【下】【来】，【眼】【睛】【犹】【如】【放】【光】【一】【样】。 “【信】【息】【量】【果】【然】【是】【大】【啊】！” 【还】【算】【是】【功】【夫】【不】【负】【有】【心】【人】，【真】【的】【让】【夏】【辰】【找】【到】【相】【关】【的】【修】【器】【书】【籍】。 【整】【理】【一】【番】【之】【后】，【看】【到】【天】【道】【图】【书】【馆】【所】【标】【注】【的】【缺】【点】，【夏】【辰】【忍】【不】【住】【一】【愣】。 【貌】【似】【与】【所】【认】【知】【的】【炼】【器】【内】【容】【相】【差】【太】【多】。 【接】【连】【几】【天】，【夏】【辰】【一】【直】【沉】【浸】【在】【中】【等】【藏】【书】【阁】