The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.
New program. It is anticipated that the funds derived from the sales of Hero semipostal stamps will be awarded to the personal representatives of the emergency relief personnel killed or those permanently physically disabled in the line of duty, as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States, at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Uses and Use Restrictions
Restricted to the personal representatives of eligible claimants who were killed or claimants that were permanently physically disabled while serving in the line of duty in connection with the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will equally distribute assistance awards among all eligible claimants until the programs funds have been liquidated.
Restricted to specialized group involved in a specific incident.
Individuals eligible to submit a claim for assistance under the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001 (the Act) are personal representatives of those emergency relief personnel who, while acting in their official capacity were killed; or those who were permanently physically disabled in the line of duty while serving at the World Trade Center, Pentagon, or Shanksville, Pennsylvania site in connection with the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.
Refer to interim rule and the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001 Eligibility and Application for Benefits forms for specific details pertaining to program eligibility requirements.
Only personal representatives of emergency relief personnel killed, or emergency relief personnel permanently physically disabled, while serving in the line of duty in connection with the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, are eligible.
Aplication and Award Process
There is no preapplication form required under this program.
This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.
Applications submitted by facsimile or e-mail will not be accepted. Only eligible claimants may apply and only one application for each claimant may be submitted. An application must be submitted on the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001 Eligibility and Application for Benefits form (FEMA Form 75-14, OMB No. 1660-0091). Refer to the interim rule and the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001 Eligibility and Application for Benefits form for specific information about the application process and supporting documents which must accompany the application. The application may be downloaded from the following website: http://www.usfa.fema.gov. FEMA will review applications to determine eligibility and will furnish each applicant with a copy of the decision pertaining to their application. Application forms and supporting documents must be sent to Heroes Stamp, USFA, NETC, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. An application is deemed filed on the date it is received by FEMA.
FEMA will not distribute funds until FEMA has made eligibility determinations on all applications. FEMA retains sole discretion as to the amount of assistance granted under the Act and will distribute funds equally, to the extent feasible, among eligible claimants until the fund has been liquidated. FEMA will not differentiate award amounts between eligible claimants who were killed, or those who were permanently physically disabled. Additional information concerning the award procedure can be obtained from the interim final rule, see 70 FR 43214, July 26, 2005.
The application period will be open for 120 days from the date the notice is published in the Federal Register. For information pertaining to application deadlines contact: Heroes Stamp, USFA, NETC, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727; Telephone: (866) 887-9107, or email FEMA-HeroesStamp@dhs.gov.
The 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001, Section 652 of Public Law 107-67, 115 Stat. 514; 42 U.S.C. 2218(b)(5), 5 U.S.C. 301, 6 U.S.C. 112(a)(3) & (b)(1), 44 CFR Part 153.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time
Will vary with each application.
An applicant may appeal an adverse eligibility determination by FEMA. Facsimile or e-mail submissions will not be accepted; appeals and supporting documentation must be submitted by mail. There is a 15 day window for filing the notice of intent to appeal and a 60-day window for filing the actual appeal. Refer to the interim rule and the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001 Eligibility and Application for Benefits form for further information. FEMA's decision concerning an award amount is final; award amounts are excluded from the appeal process and cannot be contested.
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
FEMA will not distribute funds until an eligibility determination has been made on all applications. FEMA will distribute funds equally, to the extent feasible, among eligible claimants until the fund has been liquidated with no distinction in the award amount between eligible claimants who were killed or those who were permanently physically disabled. FEMA may make additional distribution to eligible claimants once all appeals have been settled.
Post Assistance Requirements
FY 07 $0; FY 08 est not available; FY 09 est not available.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Approximately $10,000 for each eligible claimant. Final amounts to be paid can be ascertained only after the total number of eligible claims has been determined.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature
Section 652 of Public Law 107-67, 115 Stat. 514; 42 U.S.C. 2218(b)(5), 5 U.S.C. 301, 6 U.S.C. 112(a)(3) & (b)(1), 44 CFR Part 153.
Regional or Local Office
Hero Stamp Program, USFA, NETC, 16825 South Seton Avenue, Emmitsburg, MD 21727. Telephone: (866) 887-9107, or send email to FEMA-HeroesStamp@dhs.gov.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals
USFA/FEMA will review the submitted applications and supporting documentation to ensure eligibility requirements have been met. Information concerning an applicant's eligibility, application process, and selection criteria, has been partially summarized in this CFDA program description. Complete, detailed, information may be found in the interim rule and the 9/11 Heroes Stamp Act of 2001 Eligibility and Application for Benefits form.
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