FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #7, Issue #7July 31, 2008

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As we approach the seventh commemoration of the September 11th attacks we are mindful that this can be a difficult time of year for many individuals and families. As always, FOS11 will be here to provide support, resources and information that may be helpful to you. We will be updating our webpages and event calendar to keep our members informed as to memorial services and other events important to our members. Please feel free to let us know about events in your area and will post them on our website.

Issues Update

Ground Zero Update

  • Merrill Lynch no Longer Interested in Occupying New WTC Building
    Merrill Lynch Company, the financialfirm which was among the bfirst businesses to express interest in moving into one of the new towers planned for ground zero, has ended negotiations with the site developer, Larry Silverstein. Click here to learn more.
  • Port Authority in Tentative Agreement With St. Nicholas Church on Plans to Rebuild
    The Port Authority of NY/NJ has reached a tentative greement to help rebuild St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on Liberty Street, clearing the way for the long stalled work to begin on the foundation walls at the south end of the 16-acre site. Click here to read article.
  • Rescue and Recovery Workers Hold Benefit Ride for Tuesday's Children
    Over 400 WTC rescue and recovery workers joined in the seventh annual Independence Motorcycle Ride from ground zero to Rockland County, NY on July 26th. The event was expected to raise $10,000 some of which would benefit Tuesday's Children an organization which assists children who lost loved ones on 9/11
    . Click here to read more.
  • NYDIS Announces Closure of NYC Unmet Needs Roundtable
    The New York Disaster Interfaith Services 9/11 Recovery Program will end it's services on October 31, 2008 due to the termination of program funding. The 9/11 Recovery Program administers the
    New York City Unmet Needs Roundtable and the Coordinated Case Management Program, the sole remaining financial assistance and and case management programs for World Trade Center responders and other 9/11 impacted persons, both locally and nationally. Click here to read the press release from NYDIS. 

WTC Health Update

  • Additional Health Benefits Will be Available to Ground Zero Residents
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced on July 24th that they will offer grants estimated at $30 million over the next three years to assist NY residents who are ill due to the effect of 9/11. The funds are to include money dedicated to health screenings and assessments, health monitoring and tracking and improved access to health care services and treatments. Grants will be awarded to three health care organizations by September 2008.
  • NY and NJ Senators Urge Administration to Keep Top 9/11 Health Expert
    Senators Hillary Rodham Clinton, Charles E. Schumer, Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez have urged the Bush Administration to extend the contract of a key expert overseeing fererally-funded 9/11 health programs. In a letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services Michael Leavitt, the senators praised Dr. John Howard, the former Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and called for his contract to be extended so that he can continue guiding important efforts to help the thousands of responders, residents, and others who still suffer lasting health affects as a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Click here to read more. 
  • WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers: Worker's Compensation August 14th Deadline
    As a reminder, the deadline for worker’s compensation is fast approaching. WTC rescue and recovery personnel who worked at ground zero have until August 14, 2008 to register. The new law also allows anyone who already filed a claim - but was turned down because the claim was filed too late - to re-file. If you do not register, you will not be able to file or re-file a claim.  Registering now will protect your right to file a workers’ compensation claim if you become sick at any time in the future. Click to read a fact sheet regarding Workers’ Compensation Registration.  Click to download the Claim Form and Instructions. People who need assistance in filing or who have questions can receive help by going to the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) website at:  or by contacting NYCOSH's  24/7 hotline at (866) 982-2556.
  • WTC Disability: Deadline Extended for Eligible NYC Employees
    The deadline for eligible New York City employees to file a WTC-related Notice of Participation with their retirement systems has been extended to June 14, 2009. The WTC Disability Law provides a disability retirement benefit to eligible NYC employees who became disabled by participating in the WTC rescue and recovery operations between September 11, 2001 and September 12, 2002.  

Families of September 11 encourages all those who feel their health was affected by the terror attacks of 9/11 to visit our website Health Resources page (Click here) to keep abreast of new developments. The Health Resources page contains up to date information on the latest news articles, medical reports, and treatment resources related to 9/11 health issues. 

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Volunteer Speakers Program Update

Families of September 11, in partnership with Transportation Security Administration and The Camilla Group held two speaking events this month, in Charlotte and

Raleigh-Durham, NC which were attended by over 100 TSA personnel. We continue to coordinate with TSA to schedule speaking events in airports around the nation and your interest will help us decide where these events will take place. If you would like to be a part of this program, email If you are unable to participate but would like to show your appreciation for the work of the TSO’s, we encourage you to download our thank you card to hand out at check-in/screening areas on your next visit to the airport. Download and print the thank you card in color or black and white. Learn more about this program by visiting our website at

Upcoming Events

FOS11 Calendar

Go to the FOS11 calendar for an updated list of events.  

Transportation Security Agency Events
In August there will be two speaking events. The first will be on Tuesday the 12th in Ohio at Cincinnati (CVG) Airport and the second will take place in Michigan on Wednesday the 13th at Detroit (DTW) Airport. To date, these events have been attended by over 600 TSA personnel in Washington, DC, Miami, FL, New Orleans, LA, Baltimore, MD, Boston, MA, Orlando, FL, Chicago, IL, Houston, TX, Charlotte, NC, Birmingham, AL, Reston, VA, New York, NY and other cities. Learn more about this program by visiting our website at: If you would like to be a part of this program, email . If you decide to volunteer, you will work closely with FOS11 staff. We will assist your preparation for the event and offer talking points and training to help you tell your story. We invite you to join us and participate in this program!  

StoryCorps September 11th Initiative at the Pentagon on September 8th and 9th
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center invites you to participate in the StoryCorps September 11th Initiative.  The Memorial Museum is honored to be working in partnership with StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects of its kind, to collect a remembrance for each of the lives lost in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  In addition to being archived at the Library of Congress, these 9/11 remembrances will be preserved in perpetuity as a part of the Memorial Museum's permanent collection. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum is sincerely grateful to the Pentagon Memorial and Washington Headquarters Services for helping to make the StoryCorps program available to you on September 8th and 9th from 10:00 – 4:00 PM at the Pentagon.  Memorial Museum and StoryCorps staff will work with you to record your remembrance, which can be up to 40 minutes long.  Appointments take one hour must be scheduled in advance.  For more information about the program, suggested interview questions and/or to schedule your appointment, please contact Caitlin Zampella, the Memorial Museum's Director of Program Partnership Initiatives at (212) 312-8788 or  She will work with you to coordinate access to the recording space at the Pentagon, either from the Memorial or the Metro entrance, as well as, the identification requirements that will be needed by Pentagon security.  Appointments are limited, so please contact them if you are interested in participating in this important initiative. Click here for more general information about the StoryCorps September 11th Initiative. Click on the link below to learn more about the partnership and to listen to StoryCorps edited segments.

Tuesday's Children To Offer Several Program's In the Upcoming Months

Save the Date:  Tuesday’s Children will be hosting a luncheon entitled 9/11 Women of Strength, on November 5, 2008, at the Yale Club. Women who have done extraordinary things after 9/11 will be honored.   For more information contact Candy at:

Parenting Your Teen – Parent Support Groups developed  in collaboration  with Adelphi University Parenting Institute, location TBD -September 16, 23, October 1, 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 12.

College Essay Writing Workshop – Howard Greene and Associates, John Buckley, Fordham University, location McKinsey & Co. 55 East 52nd Street 21st Floor, Sunday, September 21, 2008.  11:00 – 4:00.  RSVP

For more information contact



NYC 9/11 Benefit Program
The NYC 9/11 Benefit Program is providing coverage for those who need help. To ensure that all needs are met, the Health Department will reimburse out-of-pocket costs for mental health or substance –use treatment through a claims process similiar to any insurance benefit. New York City residents and city workers in surrounding areas can find out if they are eligible by calling 311 or visiting Read the program fact sheet here.

Walk-in Legal Clinics Offered by WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at Mount Sinai
All 9/11 responders are encouraged to register to protect their right to file for future Workers’ Compensation benefits. Whether or not you have already filed a claim, whether you are sick or well, everyone is encouraged to file in case you get sick in the future. The WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at Mount Sinai is offering free walk-in legal clinics for assistance in filling out the WTC-12 form. Location for legal clinics will be determined and announced. For more information, call (212) 241-6307, or (888) 702-0630, or visit

WTC Centers of Excellence
In New York City, three WTC Centers of Excellence provide specialized testing and treatment: World Trade Center Environmental Health Center at Bellevue Hospital Center, Gouverneur Health Care Services and Elmhurst Hospital Center; Fire Department of New York: World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program and; Mount Sinai Consortium: World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program. Click here for more information.

LifeNet (NYC)
If you or someone you know in the New York City area is suffering with emotional or substance abuse problems, LifeNet can help. LifeNet counselors are available, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and speak a variety of languages. LifeNet is a program of the Mental Health Association of NYC, Inc. To learn more about LifeNet click here. You can reach LifeNet by calling any one of the toll-free, anonymous hotlines:

(800) LifeNet (800) 543-3638 (English) 
(877) Ayudese (877) 298-3373 (Spanish)   
(877) 990-8585 (Asian LifeNet)  
 (212) 982-5284 (TTY) 
Tuesday's Children
Supporting children affected by 9/11.
Tuesday's Children is a non-profit family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual who was directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001, providing a wide range of programming including mentoring, educational and career guidance, leadership training and life management programs, all designed to address the unmet needs of 9/11 family members at each and every stage of life and recovery. Tuesday's Children's programs are created by the families, for the families with one simple goal - to develop the resources and support necessary for our families to not only recover, but to reach their full potential.



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