NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With the seven billion dollar 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund running dry, advocates are back in Washington Wednesday trying to convince Congress to pony up more money.
The funding helps responders and families of the sick and dead.
With a surge in cancers and other illnesses, the fund is being drained.
Payments have been reduced and families are suffering.
Rich Palmer is a retired correction department warden who believes when you got sick shouldn’t matter.
"If you and I both have the same illnesses, and we both pass away, that my family's not taken care of, but yours was," he says
Palmer spent two and a half months at Ground Zero and suffers from breathing problems.
Retired Firefighter Kenny Specht survived thyroid cancer, but is still struggling.
He said, "The cancer's been removed from my body, but the gastrointestial issues are probably the things that lasted with me the longest."
Responders have scheduled about 30 meetings in the House of Senate.
The votes are there in the House but not in the Senate.