FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #3, Issue #8July

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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


There is and will be much in the news in the next month about the 9-11 Independent Commission, about the recommendations it will put forward and about "next steps." We promise to keep you thoroughly updated on the issues via our website, providing summaries, a forum for exchanging ideas and opinions and, we expect, a facilitated topical chat towards the end of the month for which our members can register. Meanwhile, as September 11 once again approaches, we hope you will share with us your thoughts about various topics through our bulletin board and let us know how you or your community hope to mark this third anniversary.

Issues Update

FOS11 recently received the Civil Justice
Foundation's prestigious 2004 Community
Champion Award. The award recognizes
individuals and organizations that have
performed outstanding work in the interest
of consumers. Board members Tom Roger
and Carie Lemack are seen here with
Peter Black (left) from the Civil Justice
Foundation and Leo Boyle (right) founder
of Trial Lawyer Cares.

9-11 Commission -- Final Report
The Commission is expected to release its report on Thursday, July 22, 2004. Families who were active in establishing and monitoring the Commission, including several of our Directors, expect to be invited to attend a meeting with Commissioners on Thursday in Washington as a courtesy. All family members will receive a copy of the final report, although the details about the distribution are not yet confirmed. Families of September 11 will continue to update members through action alerts and our website with any further developments regarding the release. Look for more information beginning the week of July 26. You can also visit our What's New page for the latest. In addition, Families of September 11 recently released a statement regarding the upcoming Commission report. Click here to read the full statement.

Ground Zero Memorial Update
On July 4, 2004, family members joined Mayor Bloomberg and two state governors to lay the granite cornerstone of the "Freedom Tower" at the site of the World Trade Center. For the latest updates on the memorial process, please visit In the News. Currently family groups are still in discussion about the listing of the names -- we will keep you updated with all developments.

Helping Teens with Depression and PTSD
This month's article is written by Sally Farr, R.N., M. Ed.  Sally is a registered nurse and certified teacher who lives in Bradenton, Florida. Her niece, Jean RogĂ©r, was a flight attendant on AA Flight 11. To read the article, please visit our Resources for Children and Young Adults.

One Day's Pay
Families of September 11 recently joined other organizations to release a joint statement urging the nation to observe September 11 as National Day of Voluntary Service, Charity and Compassion. To learn more about this initiative, please read the Press Release.

July TOOL -- Healing Through Advocacy
Research has shown that one road to healing may be through community service or advocacy. For many of us, such activities have helped us make sense of our loss. Whether you choose to volunteer in a community center or hospital, help raise money for worthy causes or serve on your local town council, becoming involved in helping others can give direction and meaning to your life. Click here to learn more about volunteering.

Upcoming Events

Engaging Lower Manhattan Series/Event -- July 21, 2004
All Families of September 11 members are invited to attend the second forum in the Municipal Art Society's "Engaging Lower Manhattan" series, a part of the Beyond 16 Acres project. Beyond 16 Acres is designed to keep people aware and up-to-date on planning efforts in Lower Manhattan in order to foster greater community participation in this exciting and dynamic planning process. This event will focus on planning for recovery in Chinatown and will take place from 6:00-8:00PM at St. John's University's Lower Manhattan Campus. For more information or to register, please email

2004 Summer Camps
Newsday reports on how enrollment is up at camps opened to help children contend with trauma. Read the article and learn more about upcoming summer camps.

View the calendar for more events.


American Red Cross/Blood Services -- Request for Assistance
The Greater Chesapeake and Potomac (GC&P) Blood Services Region of the American Red Cross is interested in speaking with Family of September 11 members who would be willing to help promote the critical need for blood donations in MD, DC and Northern VA. Interested advocates would have an opportunity to attend and speak at regional press conferences and special events, participate in blood donor recognition opportunities and help with American Red Cross efforts to educate the public about the importance of a safe and sufficient community blood supply. If you would like to learn more, please contact Tracy Laubach by phone at (410) 764-4617 or by email at

Flag of Honor -- Available to 9/11 Families
The Flag of Honor/Flag of Heroes organization has announced that it presently has a framed artist canvas of their Flag of Honor. They have produced two additions of the flag, one for 9/11 families which will be personally remarked for each family and a public edition which will be numbered and signed and be available to the public. All of the proceeds of the effort will help to support the 9/11 family edition of the flag. For more information or to reserve a flag for your family, please call (203) 863-9161 or email

WTC Healing Services -- Free Counseling and Stress Management Techniques
The World Trade Center Healing Services/St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers offers free counseling and integrative stress management techniques (ear acupuncture, hypnotherapy, massage therapy and reiki) to those affected by 9/11. They have offices in Manhattan and Staten Island and are in the process of securing space for those who need appointments in Queens and Brooklyn. For more information, please Contact Fran Furman, CSW, by phone at (718) 818-5081.

To commemorate the heroes who tragically lost the lives on September 11, the United Way of Passaic County Volunteer Center has its "911 Bookmarks" available to all educators and groups. If you would like to receive this tribute, please contact the UWPC Volunteer Center at or (973) 279-8900 x14.

For more resources, please 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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Families of September 11 (FOS11) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by families of those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks. Membership is open to anyone affected by the events of September 11, 2001. More than 2,400 people worldwide have chosen to join us.

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