Charles G. Wolf
New York, NY (zip omitted)
(number omitted) (h/o)
(number omitted) (cell)
November 17, 2003
Kenneth Feinberg, Special Master
September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001
c/o The Feinberg Group, LLP
1120 20th Street, N.W., Suite 740 South
Washington, D.C. 20036
After a recent meeting where I personally reviewed every document to be submitted, I directed my attorney, Justin Green of Kreindler and Kreindler, to submit the initial papers for my application to the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. I feel this is a significant moment, both for me and for you.
For me, it is the beginning of the end of a mourning period that has been all to long. Whereas the majority of after-death affairs in a normal death are usually wrapped up within a few months where the family lawyer handles any probate matters held over, this situation is now past two years, two months old and still going. But more significantly is my feeling that my case, along with those of each of the other families, will be given fair consideration. I have faith that you and your staff will listen and look at Katherine’s and my individual circumstances and render an award that will put a fair value on what would have been her contribution to our aborted life together. I also feel you will be sensitive to both her and my pain.
For you, this must be a gratifying moment: to have one of your sharpest critics follow through on a promise and not only join the program he was criticizing, but promote it to his peers, says a lot about you and the way you have adjusted both the program and your attitude. Today, I have complete faith in you.
I am excited at entering into this final phase as it means the end is in sight of a major emotional hurdle. But, I am also excited because I will truly be able to move my life on when the VCF process is finished. We cannot bring back the victims, but the Fund will allow me to realize the fruits of Kath’s labors that would have been. I already thank God for the blessings of good health, both physical and emotional, that he has bestowed upon me since September 11, 2001, and I thank him for the blessings of financial stability that has also come. However, for me, the Fund will be the key to my living a normal and full life, as I would have had she not perished. I am excited about that, because as I said in the first few days after the disaster, “they may have gotten my wife, but they’re not getting the rest of my life.”
Ken, in the weeks ahead, I look forward to sitting down with you (or your designee) and fully explaining my case. I think you will marvel at what Kath and I built and the relationship we had. And, I will do so without any feelings of animosity, without any fear that I will be lumped in to some statistical spreadsheet, and with a feeling of faith that I can truly and literally put my future in your hands.