VCF awards have no effect on Federal or State Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, or any other similar program. However, a VCF award may be reduced by the amount of any payment made by Federal, State, or local governments related to the 9/11 attacks. Therefore, the value of all past payments and the present value of all future payments made as a result of the same 9/11-related physical conditions deemed eligible by the VCF will be deducted from the total award as calculated by the VCF. Filing a VCF claim never affects ongoing recovery or entitlement of existing payments and in the event a VCF claim is less than the total calculated value of collateral offsets, there will simply be no VCF award Because VCF attorney fees are contingent upon a recovery, the claimant is not financially harmed in this scenario. .