Welcome to the VCF
Serving the 9/11 Community for Decades to Come
The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides compensation to individuals (or a personal representative of a deceased individual) who were present at the World Trade Center or the surrounding New York City ("NYC") Exposure Zone; the Pentagon crash site; and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash site, at some point between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, and who have since been diagnosed with a 9/11-related illness. The VCF is not limited to first responders. Compensation is also available to those who worked or volunteered in construction, clean-up, and debris removal; as well as people who lived, worked, or went to school in the NYC exposure zone.
Be sure to visit this website often for VCF news, program updates, and reporting; answers to frequently asked questions; access to forms and resources; step-by-step guides designed to make the process easier for claimants; and everything needed to register, file, and monitor the status of a claim.
The signing of the “Never Forget the Heroes, James Zadroga, Ray Pfeifer, and Luis Alvarez Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act” in July 2019, fully funded the VCF to pay all eligible claims and extended the claim filing deadline to October 1, 2090. The enactment of this new law is a testament to the responders, survivors, and advocates who worked tirelessly to secure its passage, and in turn, our ability to continue our vital work.
Over the years, the VCF has earned a reputation for being faithful to our statute, fair to our claimants, and defensible to the taxpayers. As we look to the future, we will continue serving the 9/11 community as trusted administrators of this funding, ensuring that it is properly directed to its intended use for decades to come.
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Updated FAQ 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 6.1, 6.3 to reflect new payment process timeline - September 18, 2023
Email – VCF Policy Update Payments and Compensation Appeals - September 14, 2023
Email – Deputy Special Master Announcement - September 8, 2023
Policies and Procedures
This resource includes information on eligibility criteria, the methodology used to calculate economic and non-economic loss, payment procedures, appeals and hearings, claims for deceased individuals, and information for claimants who are represented by an attorney for their claim.
Listing of Claimants and Deceased Individuals
As directed by the regulations, the listing of claimants and deceased individuals includes the names of those who have either filed a claim for a deceased individual or amended a personal injury claim to notify the VCF that the victim is deceased. The listing includes the claimant's name along with the deceased individual's name.
The Fund will closely monitor any fraudulent activity including the submission of fraudulent claims and unauthorized use of www.vcf.gov. The Fund will report fraudulent conduct to federal law enforcement agencies and violators may be subject to criminal, civil or administrative penalties. If you wish to report information concerning suspected fraud concerning The Fund, please contact the Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, at the following address:
The security of all personally identifiable information is of paramount importance to everyone within the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. We implement various measures to protect the security and confidentiality of personally identifiable information. Such measures include access controls designed to limit access to personally identifiable information to the extent necessary to accomplish our mission. We also employ various security technologies to protect personally identifiable information stored on our systems. We test our security measures periodically to ensure that they remain operational.