01/02/2013 10:12 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Ground Zero Volunteers Face Obstacles To Compensation

On the day the terrorists flew into the World Trade Center, the Wu-Tang Clan canceled its meeting with a record mixer named Richard Oliver, so Mr. Oliver rushed downtown from his Hell’s Kitchen apartment to help out.

Jaime Hazan could only dig up this photograph as proof he was a ground zero volunteer. He said he was the man in the mask and dark T-shirt with his back to the camera. He said he spent three sleepless days at ground zero, tossing body bags. “Then I went home, ate, crashed, woke up,” he said. He had left his Dr. Martens boots on the landing outside his apartment, where he said they “had rotted away.”