President Trump Makes 9/11 Victim Fund Permanent
This morning, President Donald J. Trump signed into law a permanent authorization of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, which provides financial support for families who lost their loved ones as a result of the September 11 attacks.
Watch: President Trump on what America showed the world on 9/11
“Today, we come together as one nation to support our September 11th heroes, to care for their families, and to renew our eternal vow: Never, Ever Forget,” the President said. “Our nation owes each of you a profound debt that no words or deeds will ever repay.”
But there is something we can do. “We can and we will keep our nation’s promise to you.”
More than 100 Americans who were personally affected by the devastation of the September 11 attacks joined President Trump at today’s Rose Garden signing ceremony. These individuals included first responders, survivors, and family members of victims.
Within minutes of the attacks, many courageous men and women rushed into lower Manhattan, the Pentagon, and a debris-strewn field in rural Pennsylvania to rescue the remaining survivors. For days, they fought to save every person they could find trapped in the rubble. For months, they continued the search for others who had fallen.
All told, more than 2,000 first responders and survivors have passed away from illnesses directly related to the toxic fallout from those attacks. Even today, thousands more are battling health problems stemming from that day in American history.
The 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund will now provide them with permanent support.
“To every 9/11 hero, you poured out your heart, your sweat, your soul, and everything you had for your country,” President Trump said.
“You went back day after day and night after night to save lives and return the fallen to their families, to rebuild and recover, and to show the entire world that nothing will ever break America’s spirit.”
President Trump: “The love and loyalty of our 9/11 responders knew no bounds.”
Read: The President’s full remarks on the 9/11 victim fund