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Seventeen years after the worst terrorist attack American soil, people are still falling ill and even dying from the effects of that attack.
The September 11th Victims Compensation Fund is working to make sure those individuals are taken care of. Nearly 3000 people died during the attacks in 2001. Since then, nearly 20,000 individuals have been found qualified to receive aid from the compensation fund, which was set up by Congress in 2011. At least 16,000 of these qualified individuals were first responders who worked tirelessly to pull people from the rubble of the Twin Towers.
To put this into perspective, on 9/11/2001, 23 New York City Police Department officers died. Since that day, 156 NYPD officers have died of illnesses related to their actions that day. Their deaths were traced back to their work in the toxic debris of the Twin Towers.