John Feal

COURTESY OF U.S. SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND

Former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart, lawmakers and military veterans groups gathered in Washington, D.C. to announce legislation that would make it easier for veterans to get disability benefits for diseases linked to toxic fumes from garbage burn pits.

(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The James Zadroga 9/11 Health Compensation Act, a law that provides medical monitoring and treatment for Sept. 11 first responders, expired midnight Thursday because Congress didn't act.

John Feal

Long Island has the only memorial in the country that honors the first responders who have died from 9/11 related illnesses in the years since - three, 6 foot tall granite slabs at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Memorial Park in Nesconset.