FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #5, Issue #8August 23, 2006

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Welcome

As the 5th Commemoration approaches, our thoughts go out to the many people and families touched by the attacks of September 11th.  FOS11 recognizes that this can be a difficult time for many, and we hope to provide support, resources, and other information that will be helpful to you. 

Commemorations provide an opportunity for remembering, honoring, grieving, and giving and receiving support.  As past years tell us, people have very different ways of commemorating the day.  Some people will choose to go to one of the sites or events, others will spend time with friends and family, and still others may stay away from the events and media coverage.  FOS11 encourages you to consider your own needs and self care when making this decision.  To let you know what kind of events are taking place, FOS11 maintains a list marking commemoration events around the country.  Please click here to find events that you may be interested in participating.  

At this time, we also extend our thoughts to the many families impacted by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as they approach the first anniversary.  We remember the thousands still struggling to rebuild, and hope for healing and peace in their lives.

With these two anniversaries occurring very close together, you can expect significant media coverage of these events that is likely to include stories of hope, healing, and recovery, as well as the replaying of difficult images.  We have provided a few articles to help you prepare for this and hope you will take some time to review them and consider your own options for dealing with the extensive coverage.  Two articles that provide information and tips on this issue are: Clinical Implications of Images & Symbols of September 11, 2001 by Stefanie T. Norris, LCSW, and Films about September 11th: A Guide for Families and Survivors by Dr. Donna Gaffney, APRN, BC, DNSc, FAAN.   

In this Newsletter:

Issues Update Section
5th Commemoration Update
FOS11 9/11 Commemorative Events Outreach
Commemorative 9/11 Band of Remembrance
Ground Zero Update
9/11 Upcoming Releases
Moussaoui Exhibits Posted Online
FOS11 Proud Coalition Member of National Preparedness Month 2006
Share Writing with FOS11
Upcoming Events Section
September 11th Commemoration Events
FOS11 Chat Program
Aftershock Conference
Fifth Year Interfaith Memorial Service
Voices of September 11th Information Forum and Luncheon
Complimentary Buffet by SouthWest NY
NYDIS/OEM Faith-Based Initiative 2006: Ready NY Events
FOS11 Calendar
Resources
Health Issues for 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers
9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
Children of September 11th
Story Corps
Reclaiming the Sky
World Trade Center Survivors’ Network
Career Breakthroughs 
Memorial Museum Podcast Series
ACCESS

Issues Update

5th Commemoration Update
• World Trade Center Site Memorial Ceremony and Remembrance, New York City
The official City and State commemorative events for September 11th will be held again this year at the World Trade Center site. This year spouses, partners, and significant others will deliver the reading of the names of the victims during the ceremony, while music will provide a backdrop throughout the program. The program is scheduled to end at noon, but, as in previous years, family members will be able to descend to the lowest level of the site to pay respects and lay flowers until 3 pm. Spouses, partners, and significant others who wish to read names during the ceremony needed to call 212-442-8953 or email cferer@cityhall.nyc.gov by July 26, 2006. The selection for the reading of names was determined by lottery. The "Tribute in Light" will again return at sundown.
• Pentagon Memorial Service, Virginia
The Pentagon will be holding a memorial service on Monday, September 11, 2006. The multi-faith service is being planned for 10:00AM to 11:00AM in the Pentagon Auditorium. There will be a guest speaker and Selah is scheduled to perform special music. All faiths and denominations are welcome to attend the event.
• Fifth Anniversary Observance, Shanksville, Pennsylvania
The Fifth Anniversary Observance will take place at the Flight 93 Memorial Chapel in Shanksville, Pennsylvania on Sunday, September 10, 2006 to Monday, September 11, 2006. For more information, visit http://www.flt93memorialchapel.org or contact Rev. Alphonse T. Mascherino at 814-444-8339, 814-444-1935 or email Director@flt93memorialchapel.org
• For a listing of additional events click here

FOS11 9/11 Commemorative Events Outreach
Over the past four years, FOS11 has helped to make our members and others aware of the many 9/11 commemorative events occurring around the country. Click here to get see the list of September 11, 2006 5th Commemoration Activities and Memorials.  Events are listed by state, regionally/nationally, and internationally.

We continue to build this list, but we need your help.  If you have an event happening in your community, please let us know.  Email us the relevant information including date, time, location, sponsoring organization, contact information and description of the event to: commemoration@familiesofseptember11.org

Commemorative 9/11 Band of Remembrance
We also offer our 9/11 wrist band in remembrance, with honor, and in hope of a better future. If you are organizing an event, and would like to include the band, please click here to download an order form, or call our office at (212) 575-1878 for more information.

Ground Zero Update
FOS11 continues to follow plans for the memorial and the process of the removal and identification of remains in Deutsche Bank.  To read the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation's (LDMC) protocol for remains discovery click here.  

9/11 Upcoming Releases
Movies, Documentaries, Miniseries, Comic Book and more

As we near the fifth commemoration of 9/11, Hollywood and the media have seen fit to remember the attacks through various pieces of art.  There will be movies, miniseries, “documentaries”, and even a comic book version of the 9/11 Commission report.  Some of these works will contain graphic images, many will be difficult for those close to the tragedy to watch. Families of September 11 urges you to use caution in deciding what to watch this fall.  Take time and talk to loves one when deciding whether to see a movie or watch a television program.  Be sure to make the decision that meets your needs best, keeping in mind many of these can viewed at a later date if you are not ready now. 

Moussaoui Exhibits Posted Online
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia has posted online 1,202 exhibits entered into evidence from the United States v. Moussaoui Trial.   The page contains photographic, video and audio links.  Please note that some have warnings – viewer/and or listener discretion is advised.  All files are linked and not immediately visible on the page.  As these issues continue to arise in the media, FOS11 recommends that you follow your own guidance on whether or not to view this information.  For more resources and our recent viewing guide by FOS11 Advisory Board member, Dr. Donna Gaffney, please click here.

FOS11 Proud Coalition Member of National Preparedness Month 2006
FOS11 is a proud coalition member of National Preparedness Month 2006, a nationwide effort held this September to encourage Americans to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the American Red Cross, the goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies and to encourage individuals to take action. Events, activities, and messages across the nation will encourage individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, be informed about different threats and get involved in preparing their communities. Visit www.ready.gov to learn more about how you can participate. For more Preparedness Resources, visit the FOS11 website.

Would you like to share your writing with the FOS11 Community?
As we move toward the 5th commemoration of September 11th, FOS11 would like to include your short articles, poems, narratives, journal entries, etc. in our newsletters. We would like to hear your expressions of resiliency and ways that people have decided to rebuild their lives in the wake of the September 11th tragedies.  We will be posting these on the website.  To make a submission, email rhansen@familiesofseptember11.org.

 

Upcoming Events

September 11th Commemoration Events
Click here for a list of 9/11 events occurring around the country.

FOS11 Chat Program Online Community Support Group
Thursday, September 7th, 8pm-9pm EDT
As we approach the five year mark the usual questions begin to surface.  How do we commemorate September 11, 2001?  What is the importance of remembering and how can we make the best choices for ourselves and our families?  How can we connect with others?  What will allow us to speak with a voice so that the rest of the world knows that we will never forget.   And how does this inform the rest of our lives...join us for this ongoing conversation.

Please join your peers in the 9/11 community for the next online chat which will be held, Thursday, September 7th from 8pm-9pm EDT.  This online chat session will provide 9/11 victims' families, survivors, first responders, and others affected by the attacks at the Pentagon, the World Trade Center, and Shanksville the opportunity to discuss issues and topics of importance in a safe, supportive environment. As a reminder, all participants must be FOS11 members (please see below on how to register as a member - membership is free). Dr. Donna Gaffney, a licensed mental health professional and noted trauma specialist, will facilitate the chat.

Enroll Now:
http://www.familiesofseptember11.org/chat2/membership_form.asp?chatID=90606

To learn more about the chat program visit the FOS11 website.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (212) 575-1878 or chathelp@familiesofseptember11.org.

Aftershock Conference: Rethinking the Future Since September 11, 2001
Wednesday, September 6 – September 8, 2006
Pace University, in New York City, is hosting a conference examining the economic, cultural, environmental, educational, and political consequences of September 11th. The conference will feature keynote speakers, panels, and a special viewing of Project Rebirth’s film on the rebuilding of lower Manhattan. Click here for more information.

Fifth Year Interfaith Memorial Service
Sunday, September 10, 2006, 7-9pm
As the 5th year approaches, and the world faces such ongoing violence, terror, and destruction, coming together across religious and ethnic lines to remember loved ones who died in the WTC attacks is more compelling than ever. This year, the JBFCS New York Jewish Healing Center will join the Church of St Paul and St Andrew and Congregation B'nai Jeshurun on the Upper West Side, and a growing list of many other faith organizations and houses of worship, in a moving Interfaith Memorial Service.

This Interfaith Memorial Service will blend poetry and prayer by clergy of several traditions, songs by choral groups of diverse backgrounds and ages, and memorials/tributes by family members of varous communities. For more information, email sweintraub@jbfcs.org or call 212-399-2320 ext. 215. http://www.jhhrn.org/

Voices of September 11th Information Forum and Luncheon
September 10th and 11th
Voices of September 11th is hosting their annual September 10th Information Forum and September 11th Commemorative Luncheon to mark the Fifth Anniversary. The theme of the two day event is “Remember and Renew”. Both events will be held at the Marriott Financial Center Hotel, 85 West Street, New York City, adjacent to the World Trade Center site. The events are open to 9/11 family members, rescue workers and survivors.  To learn more about this event click here.  

Complimentary Buffet by SouthWest NY
September 11th, 12:30 – 2:30

This letter of invitation was sent by the co-owners of SouthWest NY. 

Dear Families:
Abraham Merchant and I are co-owners of SouthWest NY.  We are grateful for the opportunity to again provide you with a complimentary buffet on September 11, 2006 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Please show either your Ground Zero credentials from the Mayor's office for entry into the Hospitality Suite or this letter.

We are located at Two World Financial Center.  Visit our web site http://www.southwestny.com for more information or directions.

Our thoughts, prayers and blessings are with you.

Best Regards,
Richard Cohn & Abraham Merchant

NYDIS/OEM Faith-Based Initiative 2006: Ready NY Events
New York Disaster Interfaith Services, a faith-based federation of service providers and charitable organizations working to prepare and respond to disasters in New York City, has teamed with the New York City Office of Emergency Management to bring you exciting and informative Ready New York events throughout the year on emergency preparedness. These events focus on an all-hazard approach to personal, congregational, and community preparedness. For dates and to learn more about upcoming events click here

FOS11 Calendar
Go to the FOS11 calendar for more events.

 

Resources

Health Issues for 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers
FOS11 has received a number of requests for information about resources available to people who participated in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center during the weeks and months after 9/11. As more reports of illnesses in this population surface, it is becoming apparent that there is a need for timely and accurate information about examination and treatment resources available to people who were possibly exposed to toxic material. We will be monitoring these developments, especially in light of Governor Pataki’s recent bill signing, and reporting on them in the Health Issues Section of the Support Resources area of the FOS11 website.

9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
This program provides financial assistance for the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment. Created by the September 11th Fund and the American Red Cross and now managed by the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA), this program offers financial assistance with the cost of mental health and substance abuse treatment to those directly affected by the attacks, regardless of insurance or immigration status. You are eligible for the 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program if you:
• Lost a family member
• Were physically injured
• Lived below Canal Street
• Worked in the World Trade Center area or the Pentagon – whether or not you were at work that day
• Were evacuated from the World Trade Center area or the Pentagon
• Attended a school near the World Trade Center or are the parent of a child who attended a school nearby
• Were a rescue, recovery, or reconstruction worker assigned to a “restricted site”
• Were an emergency dispatcher on 9/11 or worked in the morgues serving the attack sites worked south of Canal Street or at Ronald Reagan Airport, and before January 11, 2002 lost your job or earned less than 70% of your pre-9/11 income
• If you are a family member or shared a home with any of the people whose situations are listed here

Financial assistance for treatment is retroactive to September 11, 2001 and will cover dates of service through December 31, 2007. That means if you are eligible and you received treatment after the initial attacks, your out-of-pocket costs may still be covered.  You must enroll by January 2, 2007 to be eligible for these services.
Visit the website and begin registration online at http://www.9-11mentalhealth.org/ or call any of the following numbers:
• 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638) (English)
• 1-877-Ayudese 1-877-298-3373 (Spanish)
• 1-877-990-8585 (Asian LifeNet)
• 1-212-982-5284 (TTY)

Children of September 11th
Visit the Children of September 11th website for articles and resources that pertain directly to children and young adults.  Learn about programs and activities available, resources established for children and young adults, and articles that address common issues of children and young adults. 

Story Corps
StoryCorps Recording Booth at Ground Zero
Opened on July 12, 2005, in the PATH World Trade Center Station, the World Trade Center StoryBooth is a small studio where you can record an interview to remember those you lost in 9/11 attacks. StoryCorps then preserves these stories for generations to come at the Library of Congress. For information on how to set-up your appointment and more information on how this works, please log on to this password protected website created just for Family Members: www.storycorps.net/wtc. The password is 'remember'.  Call (646) 723-7027 or email Emily Feit at emily@storycorps.net to make an appointment.

Reclaiming the Sky
Reclaiming the Sky is a non-profit program designed to help aviation employees recover from 9/11, learn from the unspeakable loss and gain peer support to move forward again with confidence and hope in a turbulent time.  To learn more about the organization's programs visit: www.reclaimingthesky.com

World Trade Center Survivors' Network
The Survivors' Network seeks to provide a forum for personal contact between survivors as a means to empower them to both deal with the circumstances of the aftermath of the attacks and to find renewed purpose in that aftermath. The Network also functions as a place for people to go and get survivors' perspectives and as a conduit for the common thoughts of survivors. On the organization's homepage, there are links to join two different Yahoo groups: Survivorsnet and the WTC Survivors. All of the files and meeting information for the organization are posted in both groups. Click here for more information. 

Career Breakthroughs
Career Breakthroughs is a career coaching program designed to serve individuals in the New York City Metropolitan Area, as well as individuals in Boston, Washington D.C, Shanksville, PA, or other U.S. regions as needed. The program serves 9/11-impacted individuals who are unemployed, severely underemployed, unable to sustain ongoing success in the workplace, or seeking to make a volunteer contribution to society. The program is led by Gene Gitelson, a former Vice President of the Chase Manhattan Bank and the former Managing Director of Lee Hecht Harrison, now the largest career services firm in the world. Read Gene's biography, including his work with the United Nations and other clients such as Major League Baseball and MTV. For more information on Career Breakthroughs, contact Gene directly at Ggitelson@aol.com or Career Breakthroughs Program Coordinator Michael Laputka at the Family Service League 973-746-0800 ext. 20 or via email at mlaputka@familyserviceleague.org.

Memorial Museum Podcast Series
The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation invites you to listen to their newly launched podcast series, featuring interviews and stories from the people who lived through the events of September 11th, as well as the people who are dedicated to building the Memorial and preserving the memory of those who lost their lives.   Click here to learn about the series. 

ACCESS
AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS) can match you with a grief mentor, a volunteer who lost a loved one in a previous air disaster. Call (877) 227-6435. For more information or resources, visit its site. In addition, ACCESS has 9/11 trained volunteers ready and available to be volunteer grief mentors to the families affected by the London bombings. Requests to receive counseling from 9/11 Volunteer Grief Mentors can be made at its website.

Click here to visit the FOS11 Resources section. 

Remember. Honor. Hope.
FOS11 offers a wrist band, in hope for a better future. Click here to learn more.

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