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Statement by Dr. John Howard on the September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance – 2020

Nineteen years ago, we faced the unimaginable. The events of September 11th, 2001, have left a permanent mark on us all. Today we remember the lives lost on that fateful day, as well as the bravery, resilience, and sacrifice shown in the face of tragedy by responders and survivors.

Each Day of Remembrance is also a chance for reflection about 9/11. Almost two decades later, many responders and survivors still suffer the long-term health effects, both physically and mentally. Their resolve and health are now being further tested by the COVID-19 pandemic. The World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program continues to provide expert WTC-related medical care to this community.

With each passing year, it becomes more imperative that those that may be eligible for the World Trade Center Health Program learn about how to enroll. It is not too late. Some WTC-related health conditions can take many years to develop. If you or someone you know might be eligible for the World Trade Center Health Program, please visit our website at cdc.gov/wtc or call 1-888-982-4748 for more information on how to apply.

Today and every day, we will never forget.

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

Need help applying?

If you have questions about the WTC Health Program application or enrollment process, the following organizations are partnered with the Program to provide outreach and education to potential members. They can answer questions about Program eligibility and assist with enrollment:

Survivor Outreach

Responder Outreach

Detailed information on eligibility, supporting documentation, and applying is also available on the How To Apply page or by calling the Program directly at 1-888-982-4748.