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9/11 rescue workers attend forum to apply for compensation

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm •  Published: January 30, 2013
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“The process has been geared to make sure there is no fraud,” said Glenn Klein, a retired NYPD Emergency Service Unit officer and detective. He said 9/11 volunteers are having a difficult time proving they worked on the pile because there were no logbooks.

Cleanup workers who wore paper masks while mopping up dust and debris at ground zero also are having trouble finding proof. Their employers’ businesses are shuttered. “These workers were cleaning ventilation systems and vents,” said Klein, 54, of Centereach.

Klein, vice president of the FealGood Foundation, who has been diagnosed with precancerous polyps, scarring on his lungs and asthma, is just starting the process.

“I wanted to make sure that the other first responders who really were in need received their compensation,” Klein said.

John Feal, founder of the FealGood Foundation, said the application process is “tedious,” making for the slow distribution of checks. People have until Oct. 3, 2016, to apply.

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