WASHINGTON – Indiana US Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.) will co-sponsor the Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (S. 546).

The bill permanently reauthorizes the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund that supports 9/11 survivors and first responders who have experienced health issues following the terrorist attacks.

Young says first responders continue to feel the effects of 9/11, nearly 20 years later.

“The survivors, first responders, and families who lost loved ones on September 11th continue to feel the devastating effects of that horrific day and we have an obligation to support them,” said Senator Young. “There’s no question, these American heroes need to receive the full compensation they are due.”

In the years since September 11, 2001, thousands of 9/11 responders and survivors have become ill and many have lost their lives from exposure to toxins at Ground Zero.

The bill is designed to ensure the VCF is fully funded and will remain open for those that will become ill in the future.

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(This story was originally published on June 27, 2019)