Statement by Dr. John Howard on the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance – 2019

The passage of time does not make the memories of 18 years ago any less vivid. As I take a moment on this National Day of Service and Remembrance to reflect on the events of September 11th, 2001, and the tragic loss of life on that day, I am also thinking of those people we are still losing to 9/11’s aftermath. The exposures at the World Trade Center in New York City, at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, and at the Shanksville, Pennsylvania, site have caused a wide variety of health conditions.

Congress established the World Trade Center Health Program to provide high quality medical care and monitoring to eligible 9/11 responders and survivors through 2090. The Program works diligently and respectfully to ensure that the right resources are in place to meet this important mission, as time cannot heal the wounds of 9/11 alone. Please join me in remembering those that we have lost and those that still need our help.

We will not forget.

John Howard, M.D.
Administrator, World Trade Center Health Program