September 11, 2001 proved to be a day that will be remembered in American History until the end of time. It was a tragic loss of life, and a learning lesson, that the nation will not soon forget. Many people say it’s time to move on, to let things go, and continue on with life – but the fact is, for some people this is not possible. Since the tragedy, there have been thousands of people who assisted in rescue, clean-up, and more – and claim that their involvement has caused them many health conditions. These conditions range from cancer, to respiratory issues, and more. And studies have shown that there is even evidence of radiation.
When President Bush was in office, his cabinet kept a consistent face of there being no health risks associated. But, in January of 2011, President Barack Obama signed the Zadroga Act, which sets aside $2.775 billion dollars for first responders suffering from health conditions as a result of their service. But, to date, nobody has received any money from this.
Many people spent days, weeks, months, around ground zero. Looking for survivors, going through the rubble, and eventually assisting in clearing it out. These people rushed out to help our country, and are now really paying the price. Some of these volunteers are losing their hair in chemotherapy, or not able to breath on their own and having to use oxygen. The harmful effects, which were once a myth, are now proven through the lives of these brave individuals. They worked in locations like the one seen below:
Many illnesses were rejected for even being considered for inclusion with the Zadroga Act. Initially, coverage under this act rejected cancer completely. Now, there are over 50 different types that are accepted for coverage, and law makers are saying that the money that was set aside will not be sufficient to compensate for all of these people.
“People are terribly sick. People can’t support their families. People are having troubles getting by.” These are the words of Noah Kushlefsky, a New York attorney who is representing over 3,800 people who claim that 9/11 changed their lives that day, and that they are still coping with it.