FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #7, Issue #5May 30, 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


Families of September 11 is proud to offer our annual Resource Booklet: Spring 2008.  As a member, you will receive it in the mail but you can also view it on our website.  In this edition, as in the past, we focus on developing and fostering resiliency in the face of life’s challenges. The articles in this booklet highlight the spirit of creativity that lies within all of us and also includes tips on coping with war and terrorism for older adults. We hope that you find these articles and resources in this booklet useful.

Issues Update

Ground Zero Update

  • Developments in the Search at the World Trade Center Site
    The latest updates from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner includes the May 2008  WTC DNA report and the May PHR Reconciliation report. Click here
    to view the reports. If you have any questions regarding identification of remains and protocols, please contact the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner at 212 447 2041.
  • The Tribute Center Reaches 500,000 in Attendance
    This month, the Tribute WTC Visitor Center welcomed its 500,000th visitor. Click here to read the press release.
  • Update from the National September 11 Memorial and Museum
    - Father’s Day Cobblestone Giving Campaigns
    The National September11 Memorial and Museum invites you to help build an enduring tribute by purchasing a cobblestone that will line the Memorial Plaza, becoming a permanent part of the Memorial itself.
    Cobblestones or pavers can be donated
    in honor of a loved one or can be sponsored in the name of a family member.
    - Construction Update
    Work has begun to preserve the “slurry wall”, part of the original foundation wall of the World Trade Center which will be exhibited in the Memorial Museum. A liner wall is being built behind the original wall in order to preserve the artifact. Click here to read more.

    - Featured StoryCorps Interview
    This month, their website features an interview with Phyllis Johnson. She talks about how she went from New York City Police Department clerk to beat cop and describes what it was like to work at the Fresh Kills landfill, where the debris from the World Trade Center site was transferred and examined. Click here to listen.

WTC Health Update

  • 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 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 has held three more speaking events this month in Los Angeles and San Diego, CA and Pittsburgh, PA, which was attended by over 350 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

9/11 Co-Conspirators Charges Referred
The Defense Department announced this month  that charges against five of the six detainees who are alleged to be responsible for the planning and execution of the attacks upon the United States of America on September 11, 2001 have been referred to trial by military commission. Click here to read the full press release. Click here to view the military commissions site.

Upcoming Events

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

Register Now for the Final Chat Session –June 11th 8PM EST
It has been almost 4 years since we first launched the Chat Program and it is with sadness that we announce the closing of the program. We have connected to individuals living in far reaching geographic locations including California, Hawaii, Florida, Massachusetts and other states. Despite of the distance, we have been able to reach out to others who have felt disconnected and isolated and provided a forum for those individuals to share their concerns and provide support. We have learned valuable lessons from these chats and we will have our final session on Wednesday, June 11th. Please log-in at 7:45 PM EST and the Chat will start at 8:00 PM promptly. Click on the link to enroll:

America's Camp Now Enrolling for August 2008 Session – Enrollment Deadline is June 15th
America’s Camp is now enrolling boys and girls, ages 7-15, for its seventh annual August session in the beautiful Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. This week-long, sleep-away camp is offered at no cost to eligible families. The 2008 session will begin on Tuesday, August 19th and finish on Tuesday, August 26th. Round-trip coach bus transportation will once again be provided. Click here to read the press release. For more information, Call director Beth Griffin at the camp office at 800-548-6295 or email

The First Annual WTC Responder Day – Saturday June 14th
A day honoring the courageous men and women who worked on the rescue, recovery and clean-up following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Anticipated free events for responders, their families, co-workers and friends include: Opening ceremony, procession, speak-out, interfaith service, gallery exhibits, art & music workshops, ear acupuncture & bodywork and concert. For information please call the WTC Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program Special Events Phone Line at (212) 241-6307 or visit

Tribute Center Events
Collecting September 11 -- Sunday, June 8 – 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
The National September 11 Memorial Museum is building a collection of objects that tell the story of 9/11, from twisted steel, to oral histories of loss and survival, to the personal effects of workers and first responders. Join Chief Curator Jan Ramirez and Associate Curator Amy Weinstein to discover how this collection is being put together and how it will be used. Call 866-737-1184 for more information.

Tribute Center Daily Walking Tours
The Tribute Center is a project of the September 11th Widows and Victims' Families' Association. They offer daily public tours around the perimeter of the World Trade Center site led by people who lost loved ones, survivors of the attacks, lower Manhattan residents and workers, rescue workers, and volunteers who came to help.  Each tour gives an overview of the events of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001 and provides an opportunity for visitors to hear their guide’s personal experiences. Tours start at 120 Liberty Street and last approximately one hour. To reserve your spot on a tour, please visit the center approximately 1 hour before tour time to pick up tickets.  Admission fee is $10.00 per person; children under 12 are admitted free.  For more information, email or visit their website at  Schedule: Sundays- Fridays 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM & 3:00 PM EST; Saturdays 11:00 AM; 12:00 PM; 1:00 PM; 2:00 PM, and 3:00 PM EST.

Tribute WTC Visitor Center
The Tribute Center is open seven days a week: week: Mondays, and Wednesdays through Saturdays, from 10AM to 6 PM; Tuesdays from noon until 6 PM; and Sundays from noon to 5 PM. For school or group reservations of 10 or more people, please contact Group Reservation Services at 212-393-9160 ext. 133 or

Feel the Music!
First Responders and Veterans Day – Saturday May 31st

Feel the Music!  Comes to Manhasset for free music and art workshops for 9/11 responders, veterans and their families. Light lunch will be provided. This event will take place on Saturday, May 31st at the Church of Our Savior, One Education Drive 1901 Northern Blvd in Manhasset, NY. For more information and to register, contact Lucia Dundara at 631-427-0258 or email

Feel the Music at Responder Day – Saturday June 14th
In collaboration with the Mt. Sinai WTC Medical Monitoring Program, the Centers of Excellence providing health care for WTC Responders and local unions, Feel the Music! will provide music and art workshops for families as well as organize a public concert, as part of the city-wide, day-long event honoring WTC Responders.

Unsung Heroes Helping Heroes Benefit Dinner Dance -- Friday, June 13, 2008
They are offering 4 free tickets to the event. If you are interested, please contact Laura May at 516-216-4727. For more information about the event click here or call 631-427-0259.


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.

One Heart
One Heart is dedicated to helping victims of terror across the globe to overcome long lasting terror induced psychological and physical trauma. The organization runs a monthly group meeting called the Survivors Circle with guest speakers, workshops or different classes. All meetings are free. Survivors and family members from around the world directly affected by terrorism are invited to become a member of the organization. For more information contact Sarri Singer, Director at or visit

The National September 11 Memorial and Museum Invites Families to Assist in Honoring Those Lost on 9/11 By Helping Create an Oral History of the Victims
The National September 11 Memorial and Museum is inviting those directly affected by the September 11th attacks help to honor the memories of each victim by participating in two core programs: the Voices of September 11th Living Memorial and the Story Corps September 11th Initiative. Both programs are designed to create first hand accounts and oral tributes to those who perished. In addition, you and your extended family and friends are welcome to help build the permanent collection of the Memorial Museum by considering the donation of photographs, memorabilia, personal effects, and other materials that are testaments to the lives and experiences of your loved ones.

World Cares Center – Disaster Volunteering Training Series
The Disaster Volunteering training series empowers community members to take charge in their community and to collaborate effectively with emergency managers. Designed for first-time disaster volunteers, this three-module curriculum teaches resilience-building techniques for self-care and effective communication skills. The series also introduces participants to the life cycle of a disaster, the all-hazards approach to disaster management, and various organizational response systems, including: Community Emergency Response Teams, the National Response Plan, the Incident Command System (ICS 100) and the structure of the federal, state and local emergency management systems. Through this training, participants obtain the skills and knowledge needed to become “powerful volunteers” and to promote powerful volunteering to others. The DPTM staff at World Cares Center offers the introductory DVI training on a regular basis at World Cares Center’s Headquarters. To learn more, contact DPTM Program Manager Allyson Parmentier at

Tuesday’s Champions
Tuesday's Champions is a new initiative of Tuesday’s Children, the non-profit family service organization that has made a long-term commitment to every individual directly impacted by the events of September 11, 2001. Tuesday’s Champions provides a wide range of programs including wellness, educational and career guidance, leadership training, family communication and life-management programs all designed to address the needs of Rescue and Recovery workers and Responders. For more information, please contact Nancy, Program Coordinator of Tuesday’s Champions at 516-562-9000 or email

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) 

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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