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9/11 fund makes 1st payments to sick responders

So far, applicants are getting only 10 percent of their award

By David B. Caruso 
The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A special fund set up by Congress is making its first payments to people who got sick after being exposed to toxic dust at the World Trade Center following Sept. 11.

A group of 15 first responders with respiratory problems will be the first to get awards from the 9/11 victim compensation fund.

Their payouts range from $10,000 to $1.5 million.

It will be years, though, before the group sees all that money.

Officials don't yet know how many people will apply for aid from the $2.78 billion fund, or the severity of their illnesses.

That means they can't yet calculate each person's share.

So for now, applicants are getting only 10 percent of their award.

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The remainder won't be paid until after the fund closes to new applicants in 2016.




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