FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #7, Issue #2February 21, 2008

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Families of September 11 is now operating as the For Action Initiative. The web pages on this site are available for informational purposes only. Please visit us at


Note from Caitlin Zampella:
It is with great emotion and gratitude for my time working with this organization and the membership, that I have submitted my resignation to Families of September 11. Since joining FOS11 in 2003, I have been humbled by stories of loss and honored to witness and take part in the compassion and resiliency of this community.  I am thankful for this experience which has helped me to see events after September 11 with a resilient perspective, and I will miss those of you with whom I have worked closely.  However, I will be joining the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as the Director of Program Partnership Initiatives, and in that capacity, hope to remain in ongoing contact with the network of 9/11 organizations and the community going forward.  I thank you all for the opportunity to have served you.

In the coming year, FOS11 will continue the same programs to the community.  FOS11 members may still contact Brian Richardson, LCSW for referrals to services or any other concerns.  Janie Wong will be serving as our Program Manager/Interim Director and will continue to administer the Chat Program with Dr. Donna Gaffney, and oversee the website and newsletters.  As always, we welcome your feedback to (212) 575-1878 or

Issues Update

WTC Health Update

  • NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) 9/11 Health Website
    New York City has launched a comprehensive new website that offers the latest information about 9/11 health and services.  The “one-stop shopping” website makes it much easier for New Yorkers who were exposed to the collapse of the World Trade Center to find the free medical treatment and resources they need to get better.  Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden, MD, MPH speaks about what we know about 9/11 physical and mental health problems.  The website also includes easily accessible health research findings about the different groups of people who were affected by the disaster:  rescue and recovery workers, residents, children, city employees and others. Visit the website at If you would like to receive their e-newsletter, which includes updated news and information concerning 9/11-related health issues, click here to sign up for emails.
  • 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.
  • WTC Rescue and Recovery Workers: Worker's Compensation Deadline
    As a reminder, the deadline to register for 9/11 worker's compensation for personnel who worked at ground zero is August 14, 2008. 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.

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 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.

Families of September 11 Board Member Nancy Aronson Participates in Conference Convened by International Victims of Terrorism
Families of September 11 was represented at the 4th Annual Congress of Victims of Terrorism in Madrid, Spain January 21st through 23rd. Approximately 450 people from around the world gathered to share their stories and to join their voices in protest against the legitimization of political violence. Representatives were principally from Spain and Columbia but Nancy Aronson, FOS11 board member joined international representatives from Ireland, Holland, France, Italy, Israel, Columbia and Spain. The Congress was held at the Universidad San Pablo, CEU north of Madrid. Speakers included President Alvaro Uribe of Columbia, Former Spanish President Jose Maria Aznar, His Royal Highness, Prince Felipe, Prince of Asturias of Spain and his wife, Princess of Asturias, and victims of terrorism from around world. At the conclusion of the Congress, Ms. Aronson joined other victims in reading a manifesto calling for the unity of governments against terrorism. The manifesto concluded: “We are convinced that by joining our efforts, Government leaders and anonymous citizens, we can work with our effort to avoid perpetuating pain and give life to hope for a better world.” “I was deeply moved by the powerful stories of loss and pain,” said Ms. Aronson. “These people are imprinted on my heart and I was honored to share these days with them at the Congress.” she added. Click here to read the Manifesto developed by the Congress.

FOS11 Continues to Make Progress to Prevent Nuclear Terrorism
Turning the “D” into an “A” – A FOS11/NTI Public Awareness Project
Families of September 11 and NTI are very pleased with the result of our 18-month partnership to raise awareness about the threat, and the prevention of nuclear terrorism.  In January, we held two public events - one in Little Rock , AK at the Clinton School of Public Service, the other at St. Petersburg Collge in St. Petersburg , FL. Each were hosted by community leaders (Skip Rutherford, Dean of the Clinton School, and the Police Chief and Fire Chief of St. Petersburg ) and attendance amongst the community was high.  Families of September 11 co-founder Carie Lemack, and former 9/11 Commission lead staffer Mike Hurley spoke in support of increased awareness about the threat of nuclear terrorism, and about what each citizen can do to prevent it.  Another event, including a screening of the nuclear terrorism docu-drama "Last Best Chance" is scheduled to take place at the US Embassy in London on March 5th.  If you are interested in scheduling an event in your hometown or in learning more about the collaboration, please visit

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Volunteer Speakers Program Update
Families of September 11, in partnership with Transportation Security Administration and The Camilla Group had two speaking events this month in Utah and Colorado at the Salt Lake City International Airport and Denver International Airport. (Stay tuned for updates on schedule information and more locations).  To date, these events have been attended by over 500 TSA personnel at 18 airports around the country. 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! 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.

Register Now for the Next FOS11 Chat – Wednesday, February 27, 2008 8PM EST
During troubling and difficult times in our lives, we often turn to our friends for emotional support. It is often during these challenging times when we realize who our true friends are. Whether it is our furry or feathered friends who provide unconditional love and non-verbal support, our close friends of many years or new friends who we just connected with -- they are the ones who are there and know how to give us exactly what we need. “A friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.”-Unknown

Join us for this discussion on Wednesday, February 27th, from 8:00PM to 9:00 PM. To enroll, click on the link For directions using the actual screens you will see when you enroll, click 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

Presentation of Logan Airport 9/11 Memorial to MA 9/11 Fund Families
Massport officials would like to invite MA 9/11 Fund families to a presentation of the Logan Airport 9/11 Memorial design on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at the offices of the Fund from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  A light dinner will be served. The Logan Airport 9/11 Memorial will honor the passengers and crew of American Flight 11 and United Flight 175. More information about Logan Airport's 9/11 Memorial can be found on Massport's web page. The offices of the MA 9/11 Fund are located at 75 Kneeland Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA.  Please visit the MA 9/11 Fund website for directions and parking information. Please RSVP to Diane Nealon at the MA 9/11 Fund either by email,, or by telephone at (617) 482-8156.

Our Voices Together – Upcoming Safer, More Compassionate World Forums
On Tuesday, February 26th, the League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads, VA will host a forum York from 5:30 – 8:30 PM. Invited speakers include, Dr. Hussam Timani, local expert on the Middle East (a native of Lebannon), Dr. Carol Pretlow, local terrorism expert. She has taught in Oxford, Harvard, Dr. Maura Hametz, History Professor, Head of Office of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding, Old Dominion University. Her area of expertise is cross cultural understanding, Col. Robert Morris, Joint Forces Staff College, currently a civilian working on several humanitarian mission in war-torn regions. For more information or to attend the forum contact Seneca Bock There will be upcoming forums in March in Ashland – Bayfield, WI and Pulaski County, AR. Click here for more information. To learn more about Our Voices Together, visit their website

American Red Cross – Prepare NY Workshops
Prepare New York is a free 45-minute emergency preparedness presentation teaching New York City residents how to create a plan, build a supply kit, and keep loved ones safe and informed during times of disaster. Participants walk away with an interactive CD that can be used to create a customized evacuation plan and other tools that will help any family get prepared. Also included are various brochures from the American Red Cross and the New York City Office of Emergency Management, as well as a quiz to test the attendee’s emergency preparedness knowledge. There will be upcoming workshops in March at the following locations: The Children’s Aid Society: I.S. 218, The Tony Dapolito Recreation Center, and 520 West 49th Street. Click here to sign up for a workshop.


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.

Asbestos and Mesothelioma Center
The Asbestos & Mesothelioma center is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to people in hopes of creating awareness about the dangers of asbestos. The Center is hopeful that through knowledge of the disease and future research, mesothelioma patients can look forward to leading healthier normal lives. The center's website, is a resource that has been used by many patients, including 9/11 victims, throughout the years and will continue to be of assistance in the treatment and coping process. It contains facts about illnesses resulting from exposure to asbestos as well as information relating to treatment and other resources for those suffering from such diseases. Visit for more information.

The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation – Scholarships
The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation will award college scholarships to the children of New York City Firefighters, victims of September 11, 2001 and victims of other disasters and fires. Interested applicants should visit our website to obtain an application and review the candidate selection process.  A written request for an application may also be obtained by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: The Michael Lynch Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 132, Bronx, NY 10465. The application deadline is April 30, 2008. Scholarship announcements are scheduled for June 30, 2008. Visit for more information.

Information about Scholarships
This is the time of year when high school seniors will be receiving acceptance letters from colleges to which they have sent applications. We would like to remind you that children who have lost a parent as a result of the September 11th terror attacks are eligible to apply for scholarship funds created to provide financial aid to 9/11 families. Those interested can find information about these scholarships on the COS11 website.

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) 

For information about nationally available mental health support outside of New York State, click here.

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

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