The federal Victim Compensation Fund, the ambitious endeavor that delivered $7 billion to the families of those killed or injured on Sept. 11, issued its final report yesterday. It is an avalanche of data that captures, in detailed and sometimes new ways, the fund’s largest awards and its many inequities, the demographics of the dead, and the time it took to get the grief-stricken their checks, reports the New York Times.
The 114-age report shows that the average award for the 25 wealthiest victims was $6.3 million. Thirteen families, shattered by lingering grief, had chosen to neither apply to the government fund nor sue the airlines or government agencies over any liability in the attacks. The fund gave more money to families of 11 pregnant women who were killed and two women whose pregnancies ended because of the trauma of the attacks. The report said most victims were working-class or middle-class. Forty-five percent of the injured made less than $25,000. Among injured victims, the average payment was $400,000. About half were firefighters who reported respiratory problems.