FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #5, Issue #6June 15, 2006

Welcome | Issues Update | Upcoming Events | Resources | Contact Us | Donate

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Summer is just a few days away, and we remind our FOS11 Community that this is a good time to kick back, take a vacation, get outdoors, and relax.  We hope that you will have the opportunity to enjoy this time with friends and family, and reinvigorate yourself.  By allowing time for ourselves and loved ones, we are often better able to handle some of the more difficult challenges in life. 

We also recognize that during this summer, we will see a notable increase in 9/11-related activities as we get closer to the Commemoration.  Exposure to articles, movies, 9/11 images, and events may cause an array of reactions.  As always, we recommend that you talk with friends and family, and if necessary, seek professional advice and support to help prepare and deal with these reactions. 

Visit the FOS11 Resource Section to learn about available resources and to read articles on our website that might be helpful to you.  If you have questions, or need help navigating these resources, please call the office at (212) 575-1878.

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. To make a submission, email

FOS11 in the mail
We just wanted to make you aware that over the next few months you will be receiving several mailings from FOS11.  Our goal is to be helpful to you and your family by providing relevant and useful information.  Any feedback or questions you have about the items you receive in the mail are welcome, contact us at (212) 575-1878 or by email at

In this Newsletter:

Issues Section
• New FOS11 Poll
• Chairman of the Board, Don Goodrich, testifies before Congress
• American Red Cross Survey Findings
• Ground Zero Update
• 9/11 Movies
     On Native Soil
     World Trade Center
Upcoming Events Section
• FOS11 Chat Program: 9/11 Online Community Support Group
• FOS11 9/11 Commemorative Events Outreach and Band of Remembrance
• World Trade Center Health Registry Public Meeting
• NYDIS/OEM Faith-based Initiative 2006: Ready NY Events
• FOS11 Calendar
• Health Issues for 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers
• The 9/11 Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
• The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health’s World Trade Center Pregnancy Study
• World Trade Center Evacuee Child Study by Columbia University
• World Trade Center Survivors' Network
• Reclaiming the Sky

Issues Update

New FOS11 Poll
We are reaching out to you again to help us set the direction of FOS11’s programs and initiatives for 2006 and beyond.  We have commissioned the Center for Survey Research and Analysis at the University of Connecticut to conduct a telephone survey of our membership to find out what matters to you. This is a follow-up to our first poll conducted in January 2005, which helped us understand your needs as we set our strategic direction and plans for current programs. Your participation and feedback is important and greatly appreciated.

FOS11 Chairman of the Board, Don Goodrich, Testifies Before Congress
Don Goodrich testified June 6th at a hearing on “9/11 Commission Recommendations: Balancing Civil Liberties and Security” before the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations, Committee on Government Reform.  The hearing was in connection with a Bill (HR 5017) pending in the House to fully implement the 9/11 Commission recommendations.  His testimony followed testimony by 9/11 Chairman and Vice Chairman Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton.  To read Don’s testimony click here.

American Red Cross Survey Findings
Recently the American Red Cross in Greater New York conducted a survey of 1,500 adults directly affected by the attacks—including the families who lost loved ones and people who were seriously injured.  According to the Red Cross press release, " Two-thirds (66%) of the 431 respondents who received mental health treatment said that grief issues still interfere to a large or moderate extent with their lives. Overall, 43 percent of respondents believe that they need additional services of some kind to help them or their families with their continuing recovery…Among those who said they still needed services, the three most frequently mentioned areas were mental health (63%), financial assistance (28%) and health services or health insurance (19%)".  Read the press release and the study.

Ground Zero Update
Earlier this month at the World Trade Center site, preparations were begun for the foundation of the Freedom Tower, which including blasting through bedrock.  It is scheduled to continue for the next two months.  We continue to follow plans for the memorial and the continued 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 Movies
On Native Soil
On Native Soil will premiere on Court TV on Monday, August 21st and it will be released into the DVD marketplace the following day.  Previews are likely to start the first week in August.  The movie recounts the 9/11 Commission and its public hearings,  please note that numerous graphic images are shown repeatedly throughout this movie, including images of the planes crashing and the towers falling.

World Trade Center
Oliver Stone's World Trade Center movie is scheduled for release on August 9, 2006.  Currently trailers for the movie are being shown with ‘The Break Up’, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, and ‘The DaVinci Code’.  Print and television ads will not begin until later this summer.  Take time and talk to loved ones when deciding whether to see the movie in a theater, waiting for DVD release, or opting not to see the movie at all.  Be sure to make the decision that meets your needs best.

Upcoming Events

Rescue and Recovery Workers Rally and Press Conference
June 17, 2006
Come join September 11th rescue and recovery workers for a rally and press conference on Saturday, June 17th. Come and make your voice matter! You can help convince our government to “step up to the plate” and do what needs to be done for those who risked their lives at a time of immense sorrow and fear, and those who helped our communities and country recover and move forward.

FOS11 Chat Program: 9/11 Online Community Support Group
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Please join your peers in the 9/11 community for the next online chat which will be held, Thursday, June 22, 2006 from 8pm-9pm EDT.  The topic is continued from the last chat: Another movie? Considering thoughts and feelings about Oliver Stone's World Trade Center Movie.  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:

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

FOS11 9/11 Commemorative Events Outreach and Band of Remembrance
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. To do this, we ask you to let us know what is going on in your community. If you know of any events being planned please email FOS11 the relevant information including date, time, location, sponsoring organization, contact information and description of the event to:

Commemorative 9/11 Wrist Band
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.

World Trade Center Health Registry Public Meeting
Thursday, June 29, 2006, 5:30-8:30pm
The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will hold a public meeting on June 29, 2006 to communicate to the public the Registry's most recent findings, to further the dialogue between the Registry, its enrollees and the public, and to link people to health facilities, services and other resources. The meeting will take place at:
The Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University
3 Spruce Street
New York, NY 10038

For additional information call 212-788-5452 or visit the WTC Health Registry website

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.



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 and reporting on them in the Health Issues Section of the Support Resources area of the FOS11 website.

The 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 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)

The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health’s World Trade Center Pregnancy Study
This important study was launched in December 2001 to assess the effects of prenatal exposure to contaminants released by the WTC destruction on gestational age, birth size, respiratory health, and neurocognitive development in 330 women who had full term pregnancies. To read more about the study including published papers click here.

World Trade Center Evacuee Child Study by Columbia University
Columbia University is assessing the long-term effects of September 11th on the health and well-being of children whose parents worked in or were evacuated from the WTC area on 9/11/2001.  Based on a large study of NYC public school children conducted six months after 9/11, children of evacuees seemed particularly troubled by their parent’s experience. 

To better understand this important finding Columbia University researchers would like to speak to families with a parent/guardian evacuated from the WTC area who currently have one or more children who are now between the ages of 9 and 15.  If you are interested in learning more, please call Ms. Thao Doan or Ms. Stephanie Unwin directly at 212-543-5688 or 1-800-774-8448.  Your information will be kept confidential. All participants will be compensated. 

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.

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:

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

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