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9/11 Updates: 5 Resources For World Trade Center Victims

September 11 is one of the most recognized dates in the calendar. After all, it marks the day when countless people lost someone to the attack. While there are survivors among the victims of this event, most of them struggled to return to their everyday lives. Some are still suffering from financial loss, while others still mourn their loved ones to this day. If you or someone you know is among these survivors, you’re in the right place.

This article is here to help you learn more about organizations, programs, and other resources that may help you get healthier, both physically and mentally, and achieve financial independence.

This guide is organized by category to make things easier, starting with websites and agencies that are constantly providing victims a chance of remembering 911 victims and their loved ones.

1. Memorials 

It may have already been two decades, but certain individuals are still yet to forget about their loved ones that passed away due to the tragic incident on September 11.

If you’re among these individuals, here are some resources you can look into:

  • National September 11 Memorial 

The September 11 Memorial is a tribute to victims that were killed in the terrorist attack on September 11. You can find the memorial within the area where the Twin Towers once stood. The names of each of the 2,977 people who were killed are inscribed in the pillars situated in this place. You should be able to visit the memorial for free, as long as you can reserve tickets via their website and if you’re a family member of a victim.

  • 9/11 Tribute Museum 

Much like the 9/11 Memorial, the 9/11 Tribute Museum at Greenwich Street in Manhattan is also providing family members of victims a way to remember their loved ones. Moreover, the museum aims to share personal stories about 9/11.

Memorial for 9/11 victims

2. Compensation Funds 

One of the main problems of World Trade Center victims is financial loss. Hence, countless agencies have made efforts to provide compensation funds to the victims.

Here’s a look at some of these agencies.

  • World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund 

The World Trade Center Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides financial compensation to survivors that were directly affected by the event and to the representatives of deceased victims.

  • AmeriCorps September 11 Grant 

AmeriCorps is yet another one of the agencies that are trying their best to support 9/11 victims, and they do this by providing grants to their families.

  • New York State Workers’ Compensation Board

The New York State Worker’s Compensation Board is built to support those who participated in the recovery, clean-up, and rescue during the events on September 11.

3. Scholarships And Welfare Assistance 

Apart from compensation funds, World Trade Center victims can also find resources that can help them continue their education despite the loss they’ve suffered from the event.

Below are three examples of programs pertaining to scholarships and welfare assistance:

  • New York State World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship 

Access to a college education for the family members of the victims who died from the events of 9/11 is being provided by The World Trade Center Memorial Scholarship program. The recipient of this scholarship is provided up to four years of undergraduate study. This can extend to five years if the recipient is enrolled in a program requiring five years of study.

  • Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund 

Relatives of those killed in the 9/11 attacks may also apply for the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which mainly focuses on post-secondary education assistance.

  • Twin Towers Orphan Fund 

As the name suggests, the Twin Towers Orphan Fund provides welfare and educational assistance to children who were orphaned as a result of the 9/11 attack.

4. Health Programs 

The tragic incident has brought not only physical damage but also mental damage to the survivors of the 9/11 attack as well as to the relatives of the deceased victims of said event.

If you’re one of these individuals, you can seek health assistance from these resources:

  • World Trade Center Health Program 

This program offers high-quality medical care to those directly affected by the 9/11 terrorist attack. These include survivors and rescuers.

  • Tuesday’s Children 

Tuesday’s Children is a program made after 9/11 as a means to provide free healthcare to survivors, rescuers, as well as the family members of the deceased victims. They work in collaboration with healthcare facilities, most in the mental health sector, to provide services to the affected, such as leadership, counselling, and career programs.

5. News And Archives 

It’s only natural to take an interest in the event that has become a massive part of your life. With that said, the following news and archives agencies and platforms may come in quite handy.

  • September 11 Digital Archive 

The 9/11 Digital Archives was a project by Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. It’s a free online archive that holds over 150,000 files pertaining to 9/11.

  • Library of Congress 

The Library of Congress’ web archive is yet another place on the internet that preserves information concerning the events that transpired on September 11. On top of their archives, the Library of Congress also provides other services to World Trade Center victims, such as health programs, memorials, and more.

  • Pew Research Center 

If you’re looking for news and public opinions on 9/11, consider searching up the Pew Research Center archive. You can search for information or topics about the event in their records.

Conclusion 

The 9/11 attack might have happened two decades ago, but various organizations are still going far and beyond to provide assistance to the victims as much as they can. Of course, since it’s no longer as prevalent of a topic as before, it can be difficult to find the right resources for what you specifically need. But with this guide, you should be able to find the kind of assistance you’re looking for.


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