The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program provides medical monitoring and treatment for responders at the WTC and related sites in New York City, Pentagon, and Shank
Members of the WTC Health Program share a common experience—they were present during the days and months following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. From that common experience members have their own unique story. Some worked long hours during the rescue, recovery, and clean- up efforts. Others returned to their homes, businesses, and schools in lower Manhattan. Today many of them confront 9/11-related health issues such as asthma, GERD, post-traumatic stress, even cancer.
The WTC Health Program is dedicated to helping those who were there in the days and months following September 11th. We determine eligibility for the Program based on what members did following 9/11, where they were, and how long they there. There are four categories of members.
- a member of the Fire Department of New York City (whether fire or emergency personnel, active, or retired) who participated at least one day in the rescue and recovery effort at any of the former World Trade Center sites.
- a worker or volunteer who provided rescue, recovery, demolition, debris removal, and related support services in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center, but was not affiliated with the Fire Department of New York. Examples in this category include NYPD and National Guard.
- a person who was present in the New York City disaster area or in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center as a result of their work; residence; or attendance at school, child care, or adult day care.
Pentagon/Shanksville, PA Responders
- emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers, and volunteers who were directly involved in the response to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the Pentagon in Arlington, VA and the Flight 93 crash near Shanksville, PA.
Members of the WTC Health Center Health Program have important health needs and powerful stories of hope and healing. Visit our Program Videos
page to see members share their stories of where they were and how they’ve been helped through the WTC Health Program.
sville, PA, and survivors who were in the New York City disaster area.