FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #7, Issue #11November 30, 2008

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Families of September 11th extends our wishes for a healthy and safe Thanksgiving.  As we move into the holiday season, we hope that you find peace and healing with friends and family.  FOS11 is here to support you should you need it. Visit our website email us or call at (212) 575-1878 if we can be of service.

This month's newsletter offers our usual updates on progress at ground zero, WTC health issues, and resources. In addition, we included some interesting updates on homeland security issues and stories about resiliency. We hope you enjoy the content. 

Issues Update

Ground Zero Update

  • City University of New York Comes to Agreement With New York State and City to Rebuild College Building Destroyed on 9/11
    The City University of New York has reached an accord with the City and State governments to demolish and rebuild Fiterman Hall, the college building which was damaged beyond repair when the twin towers fell. Click here to learn more.
  • Memorial Will Open Briefly for Tenth Remembrance of 9/11 but Then Close for Additional Construction
    Port Authority of New York and New Jersey executive director Christopher Ward has announced that the National September 11 Museum and Memorial will be partially open to the public for the tenth commemoration of the 9/11 attacks, but then need to close to allow for the completion of construction. Click here to read article
  • US Transfers Libyan Money to Lockerbie Victims
    The U.S. said Sunday it has begun transferring more than $500 million in Libyan compensation money to the families of American victims of the 1988 Pan Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. Click here to read article.
  • Philadelphia Law Firm to Appeal 9/11 Victims' Suit Against Saudi Arabia
    A Philadelhia law firm has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear an appeal of  a finding by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan in August that bars lawsuits against Saudi Arabia for allegedly financing terrorism. The original suit was filed by by firms representing thousands of victims of the attacks and their relatives, lawyers for other insurance companies, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Click here to read article.

Resiliency Update

  • Two women who Lost Spouses on 9/11 Demonstrate the Power of Resiliency in Their Efforts to Assist Afghani Widows
    Susan Retik and Patti Quigley both lost their husbands on September 11. They joined forces in creating "Beyond the 11th," a charity designed to help the widows of Afghanistan. Their first event was a bike ride, beginning Sept. 9, 2004, at Ground Zero, and ending on the third anniversary of 9/11 at the Boston Commons. The event raised $150,000.
    To read about their story click here.
  • Long Island Siblings Share Their Journey of Learning to Live With Loss and Find Ways to Continue Life
    Two teens who lost their police officer father and fire fighter uncle on 9/11 speak about their path through grief and what has helped them cope.
    Click here to read article.
  • Teens Honor Seventh Commemoration of 9/11 Through Community Service
    Young adults from a group of 20 Cooperative Baptist Fellowship partner congregations and organizations  participated in this year’s 11-on-11 day of service, held on and around Sept. 11. “Eleven-on-11 was a great event for the young adults of our congregation,” said Abby Thornton, minister of spiritual formation at Freemason Street. “People in this age range are eager to be involved. They don’t want just to give money to missions, but want to get their hands dirty right in their own community. This event helped speak to that passion in our congregation.” 
    To read article click here. 

Homeland Security Update

  • Government Urged to View Infrastucture Resilience as Critical Need in Future Homeland Security Planning
    The Reform Institute is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit educational organization working to strengthen the foundations of our democracy and build a resilient society. The Institute formulates and advocates valuable, solutions-based reform in vital areas of public policy. It has released a report, Building a Resilient Nation: Enhancing Security, Ensuring a Strong Economy, which emphasizes the need for a national security strategy centered on a resiliency strategy which recognizes that not every catastrophe can be avoided. The strategy focuses on mitigating the cascading adverse consequences of a disruptive event on economic and social activity. Click here to read the report.
  • The Project on National Security Reform Cites Inter-Agency Communication as Major Challenge
    The Project on National Security Reform (PNSR) is a nonprofit and nonpartisan organization working to modernize and improve the U.S. national security system to better protect the American people against 21st century dangers. Funded and supported by Congress, foundations and corporations, PNSR is carrying out one of the most comprehensive studies of the U.S. national security system in American history.  The Project on National Security Reform will be proposing a new National Security Act of 2009 to the new administration. To read a preliminary report from the PNSR titled, Insuring Security in an Unpredictable World, Click here.

WTC Health Update

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - WTC Information
    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) responded to address workers' needs in the aftermath of the attacks. NIOSH also funds programs to provide medical screening, monitoring, and treatment for responders who served at the WTC site. Links to information about the NIOSH response, and WTC health resources, can be found here. Click here to visit the NIOSH website.
  • World Trade Center Health Resources
    This site, hosted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is a resource for responders, their families, medical professionals, and those seeking information about the health effects resulting from the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Click here to visit the website.
  • Preschool Children Exposed to Toxic Air in Vicinity of WTC on 9/11 Found to Have Twice the National Rate of Asthma 
    A World Trade Center Health Registry (WTCHR) report has indicated higher rates of asthma in the youngest children to come in contact with the smoke and dust emitted when the WTC towers collapsed. To read article click here.
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Among the Burdens Bourne by 9/11 Rescue and Recovery Workers
    Twelve percent (12%) of rescue and recovery workers and thirteen percent (13%) of lower Manhattan residents present at the time of the 9/11 attacks suffer symptoms of PTSD.
    Click here to read article.
  • 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.
  • Workers' Compensation Deadline
    WTC rescue, recovery and clean-up workers and volunteers must register with the New York State Workers' Compensation Board no later than September 11, 2010 to preserve their right to file for September 11-related compensation in the future. More information and a filing form are available  at

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.


Recent and Upcoming Events

  • Military Will Permit 9/11 Victims of Terrorism and Their Families to Attend Tribunals at the U.S. Navy’s Base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
    The Pentagon plans to choose up to five family members by lottery who will be permitted to attend the trial of Khalid Sheik Mohammed.  No date has been set as yet. Click here to learn more.
  • Terrorism and Disaster Speaker Series
    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) – sponsored by SAMHSA - is pleased to announce a new speaker series covering issues related to terrorism, disaster, and children. This monthly, year-long series will feature experts in the field providing up-to-date information on the impact of disaster and terrorism on youth and their families and lessons learned from major public mental health response programs in the United States and overseas. All presentations are free and open to the public, accessible via telephone or the Web, and offer hours in support of 1.5 continuing education credits. The first of these 90-minute presentations, Toward Modernizing Child Disaster Mental Health, is scheduled for October 15, 2008, 2 p.m. EST/11 a.m. PST. This presentation will feature Robert Pynoos, M.D., M.P.H., Co-Director, NCTSN; and Betty Pfefferbaum, M.D., J.D., Director, University of Oklahoma Terrorism and Disaster Center. For more information, go to the NCTSN Child and Adolescent Trauma Learning Center at or contact Dr. Brian Allen at


  • Beyond the 11th
    Beyond the 11th is a non-profit organization that provides support to widows in Afghanistan who have been affected by war, terrorism, and oppression. Beyond the 11th places a special emphasis on working with women and children, since socio-economic, cultural and legal conditions often favor men and exclude women and minors. Women can find themselves stripped of assets upon the dissolution of a marriage or the death of a spouse. Lack of access to, and use of, property such as land, leaves many widows extremely vulnerable and trapped in an ever-deepening cycle of poverty and powerlessness. Beyond the 11th’s grants are geared toward programs that help widows gain the skills necessary to generate their own income. They believe strongly that this is the best way to create lasting social change. Click here to visit the website.
  • Good Grief
    Located in New Jersey, Good Grief's mission is to normalize grief in our society and create resilient communities where children coping with loss grow up emotionally healthy and able to lead meaningful and productive lives. Good Grief provides education, advocacy, and year-round peer support group programs for grieving children, teens and adults. To learn more - click here.
  • Tuesday's Children
    Tuesday's Children is offering several programs for children, families and first responders.
    Tuesday's Children continues to expand the Mentoring Program throughout the tri-state area.  Currently with 55 active matches, children who were directly affected by the tragedy of 9/11 are being served by the program.  Each child, 6-16 years old, is matched with a dedicated adult role model within their community.  The volunteer mentors are screened and then trained to be a consistent, positive and supportive figures in the child's life; meeting twice a month for a year or longer.  The match of a child and a volunteer has proven to be beneficial to both the child and the volunteer.  Children that have been surveyed have reported that they felt listened to and cared about by their mentor and that they had developed a caring and trusting relationship with their mentor.  If you are interested in learning more about enrolling your child or possibly being a volunteer mentor yourself, please contact the Mentoring Department at Tuesday's Children at 212-319-3988 and/or at
    Responder Programs - Career Planning Workshop
    This program conducted by a Professional Career Counselor offers a two hour introduction to the process of career planning and steps involved in a job search campaign.  Topics discussed include resumes, cover letters and interviewing skills.  Information about Career One Stop Centers, which offer local, free job search support will be presented.  November 12, 5:00 – 7:00 at the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program, in Islandia, NY.  RSVP to or 516 562-9000.
    WTC Responders Spouse Support Groups
    In collaboration with the Marriage and Family Therapy Institute at Hofstra University, Tuesday’s Children is presenting weekly Support Groups for Spouses of WTC Responders addressing the effects of coping with chronic illness.  Groups will be offered on Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:30 at the Saltzman Community Services Center at Hofstra University.  Groups are now forming.  Registration is through Tuesday’s Children.  Please call Candy at 516 562-9000 or e-mail for more information or to register.
    Project Common Bond
    Tuesday’s Children has introduced a new global initiative called Project Common Bond.  Specifically designed to build an international community comprised of young people whose lives have been impacted by terrorism, this new program fosters healing, collaboration, peace building, and global stewardship. Approximately 50 teenagers from Israel, Spain, England, Ireland, Liberia and the United States participated in the one week long camp this past summer.  Summer 2009 will be the second gathering of teens.  Interested parties, please contact Kathy Murphy at 516 562-9000 or
  • 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 abuse 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
  • 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) 


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