9/11: 18 Years Later

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9/11: 18 Years Later

Samantha Galante

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September 11, 2001 is a day that forever changed the face of our country after Terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon. 18 years after the tragic events in New York, the aftermath is still affecting the public’s health. Not just mentally but also physically. Though some 3,000 died during the attacks, leaving their families to suffer, the battles did not end there. Since 9/11, more than 2,000 people have died due to a related illness and many more have been exposed to harmful chemicals either from working to clean up this disaster or simply just living in New York.

According to NBC news, Rob Serra was only 21 years old when he started his job as a New York City Firefighter on September 11 when the attacks happened. First responders on the scene were breathing in glass, asbestos and many other chemicals from the burning buildings. 343 medial personal were among those who died in fires and collapsed buildings. 18 years later, more than 150 more first responders have died of related causes.

Many programs are attempting to keep track of health problems directly caused by 9/11. There is a federally funded program to help people with illnesses such as: different cancers, asthma and other respiratory problems, PTSD, and long-term problems caused by injuries as a result of the attacks. “The World Trade Center Health Program” is one example of a program trying to help those with illnesses linked to September 11.

The events that occurred on September 11 still affect many people to this day. While the mental aspect will forever be traumatizing, physical health issues have continued to occur as a result of these tragedies.