Today marks the 15th anniversary of the tragic terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. As a nation, we reflect on the lives lost and all of those affected by the events of that day.
At the end of 2015, the first responders present during the 9/11 terrorist attacks won a huge victory: the Zadroga Act passed through Congress, extending their health care program from 75 years. In September, Congress had failed to reauthorize funding for health care, but in December, both the House and the Senate voted to extend the deadline.
The attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 affected the lives of many individuals, especially those responding to the emergency. Firefighters, EMTs, and other first-responders received large doses of asbestos exposure that is continuing to affect their health today.
Tomorrow marks the thirteenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, NY. While the events that unfolded affected many individuals across the country, some of those present in the city that day are still struggling with severe respiratory illnesses caused by the dust and debris of the towers' collapse.