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9/11 Heroes Waiting For Congress To Aprove Health Bill


(New York, NY)—As America approaches the eighth anniversary of 9/11, Ground Zero rescue workers and their families are still fighting for their health benefits and compensations.

In response to this issue, Congress created the 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which was designed to provide medical care for those sickened or injured because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

According to Congressman Peter King, the previous version of the bill was set to be considered by the House last fall but because of the financial crisis and other factors, it had to be delayed.

Rep. Carolyn Maloney’s official Web site states that the bill was reintroduced to the House in February and is waiting to make it to the House for a vote.

“It is a shame that it’s taking so long for Congress to pass the 9/11 health bill,” says Steven M. Centore, author of One of Them: A First Responder’s Story. ”It seems like the government is abandoning thousands of sickened 9/11 heroes and heroines. They put their own health and lives as well as the future of their families on the line when the nation needed them, and they deserve respect for their sacrifices.”

Mr. Centore, a 9/11 first responder, a federal employee and a Navy veteran, details his own battles with medical insurance companies and the federal government in his book—battles that have made his many 9/11-related health problems all the more painful to deal with.

"During his campaign, President Barack Obama expressed his strong interest in helping the 9/11 victims,” says Mr. Centore. “Unfortunately, a majority of the 9/11 victims still live without proper health care, are swamped by medical bills and are fighting with health insurance companies.”

Mr. Centore has appeared at congressional hearings to fight for the rights of the thousands of first responders. In his book, he details his own personal account of his experience at Ground Zero on 9/11.

To learn more about how you can help, or to buy the nationally acclaimed book One of Them: A First Responder’s Story, visit or The book is also available on,, and

For more information about One of Them: A First Responder’s Story, contact Steve Centore directly at

WORLDWIDE ASSOCIATION OF DISABLED VETERANS, INC. and author Steven M. Centore chose Arbor Books, Inc. ( to design and promote One of Them: A First Responder’s Story. Arbor Books is an internationally renowned, full-service book design, ghostwriting and marketing firm.

(One of Them: A First Responder’s Story by Steven M. Centore; ISBN: 0-9801274-0-8; $16.95; 208 pages; 5½”x 8½”; softcover; Worldwide Association of Disabled Veterans, Inc.)


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