WOODBURY - ? Applications can be submitted to the September 11th Victim?s Compensation Fund beginning today.

About $2.8 billion has been set aside for people who developed illnesses such as lung disease and sinusitis following the attacks.

The fund was a part of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which Congress passed last year. First responders, volunteers and lower Manhattan residents can apply for the fund to help pay medical costs or lost wages.

However, the fund will not cover cancer after federal officials determined that too little evidence exists to link cancer to Ground Zero.  John Feal, of the Feal Good Foundation, says his organization is trying to get cancer patients covered, but changing the law won't be easy.

Victims' advocates are recommending that anyone who applies for the compensation fund do it under the advisement of an attorney.

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