FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #4, Issue #7July

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FOS11 Board Members Robin Wiener
(from right) and Carie Lemack met
with Consul General Peter Hayes,
representative for His Excellency Sir
David Manning, Ambassador of the
United Kingdom, to express their
condolences to the people of
London and solidarity against the
attacks on July 7, 2005.

Families of September 11 extends its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those who lost their lives in London and to those injured in the attacks. We share the outrage of the world at yet another country held hostage to the determined fanaticism of the few.

As family members of victims of terrorism, we know all too well the anguish born of loss. In the days following the London bombings, many of our members reached out to support those affected by this most recent wave of terrorism. Read and submit your own thoughts on our Bulletin Board. In addition, FOS11 Board members delivered a letter of condolence to the British Embassy in Washington, D.C. If you would like to support victims of this attack and their immediate families, please consider making a contribution to the London Bombings Relief Fund (see below in Resources).

It is important to note that much work remains to be done to safeguard our country against terrorism, as this summer's 9/11 Public Discourse Project's "Unfinished Agenda" panels make abundantly clear. As the four year commemoration of September 11, 2001, approaches, we recognize our commitment to this important unfinished business.

Issues Update

Legislative Update
Public Discourse Project Board Member and former 9/11 Commissioner Slade Gorton chaired a panel on July 11, 2005, to review the progress made on meeting the 9/11 Commission's recommendations on reform of the legislative branch. View the transcript. In addition, Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, former Chair and Vice Chair of the 9/11 Commission, released a statement on July 12 calling upon the Senate to complete action on legislation to revise homeland security funding formulas based strictly upon an assessment of risks and vulnerabilities, as the 9/11 Commission recommended. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff also appealed to the senators to distribute the money based on risk.

On July 13, the Senate voted (71-26 vote) to approve an amendment offered by Senate Homeland Security Chairwoman Susan Collins, R-Maine, and ranking member Joseph Lieberman, D-Conn., to change the current formula structure and reduce the guaranteed minimum amount each state receives in federal funding. However, senators from California, New York and New Jersey, had lobbied instead for an amendment by Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, that would reduce the minimum amount further, closer matching the 9/11 Commission's and Secretary Chertoff's recommendation. A House-Senate conference committee will now negotiate this provision and others included in the fiscal 2006 Homeland Security appropriations bill. The NY Times and Government Executive both report on this issue. Contact your elected officials to share your opinion on this important matter.

Lower Manhattan Update
Officials released plans for a redesigned Freedom Tower on June 29, 2005, in response to calls for better security. Still retaining elements of the original plan, including a height of 1,776 feet, the new tower will be set back further from West Street and will now include a 200-foot concrete and steel pedestal. A recently launched website,, provides up-to-date news and information on these plans as well as about on-going construction in Lower Manhattan. In addition, on July 12, 2005, StoryCorps opened a new recording booth in the PATH World Trade Center Station where you can record an interview to remember those killed in the 9/11 attacks (see below in Resources).

Lastly, Peter Lehrer, a newly elected member of the WTC Memorial Foundation Board, was named Co-Chairman of the joint committee of the LMDC and the Memorial Foundation Board. This committee meets every two weeks to review the status of the memorial and memorial museum center designs as well as the cultural buildings. With all of the recent questions about the International Freedom Center and the other cultural facilities, it is expected that the LMDC will finalize the arrangement of the cultural buildings and the programs in the next couple of months. The WTC Memorial Foundation and its committees are functioning and making progress with the fundraising and establishment of the administration of the process. Contact the LMDC and share your thoughts.

FOS11 Chat Program
Thanks to all who participated in Wednesday's chat session, Looking for a Job from the Inside Out. Theresa Creedon, a peer consultant with the For You NJ 9/11 program, shared many insights and tips on searching for a job and making a career change. NJ residents who are interested in attending one of Theresa's in-person workshops should contact her at For career coaching and other opportunities, see Career Breakthroughs in Resources below or the Peer Support Initiative Program in Events. Visit our website for more financial resources and volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming Events

9/11 PDP Unfinished Agenda Panels 6 & 7-- July 18 and 21, 2005
The former commissioners will hold their sixth and seventh public panels to assess progress in implementing the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Report. The sixth panel, titled "Civil Liberties and Security," will be moderated by Richard Ben-Veniste and Fred F. Fielding. The seventh panel, titled "Foreign Policy," will be moderated by Lee Hamilton. More details.

Peer Support Initiative Program -- July 19, 21, 26 and 28, 6:00-8:30PM
Do you want to volunteer? Do you feel that helping others will help in your own healing? This program, run by the Bereavement & Trauma Center at the North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center, will train 9/11 survivor and victims' family members to speak in the community about the benefits of seeking help. Participants will also learn how to co-facilitate bereavement and trauma support groups. Volunteers must complete all four sessions, which will be held at NSCFGC in Roslyn Heights, New York. More information.

For more events, please visit our Event Calendar.


London Bombings Relief Fund
The Mayor of London has agreed to establish with the British Red Cross the London Bombings Relief Fund to raise money for the victims and their families. The money raised will be held in a Trust and used to assist the victims of the attack, their immediate families and partners in a variety of ways. You can make a donation online, by telephone at 08705 125 125, or by mail to: London Bombings Relief Fund, c/o The Mayor of London, Freepost LON18968, Sheffield S98 1ZA.

National Center for Victims Crime
The NCVC, which continues to support and assist anyone who needs help and support in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, has a hotline available if you or a loved one needs help dealing with the London tragedy. Call 1-800-FYI-CALL.

September Space
In light of the London bombings, New York City's September Space is offering additional supportive services at its Midtown Community Center. If interested, email or call 212-563-7050 ext 202.

ACCESS 9/11 Grief Mentors
AirCraft Casualty Emotional Support Services (ACCESS) has 9/11 trained volunteers ready and available to be volunteer grief mentors to the families affected by the London bombings. Requests to receive counseling from 9/11 Volunteer Grief Mentors can be made at Call (877) 227-6435 for more information and resources.

Understanding and Encouraging Bereaved Young Adults
The death of a parent is in itself one of the most painful experiences human beings can endure. In this article, Dr. Paula A. Madrid helps individuals who lost a spouse (and whose children lost a parent) find ways to help their children grieve and move towards healing. The article provides insight into what to do if a young adult refuses to seek help, and lists many valuable web resources for parents. Read the article.

StoryCorps Opens Recording Booth at Ground Zero
Opened on July 12, 2005, in the PATH World Trade Center Station, the World Trade Center StoryBooth is a small studio where you can record an interview to remember those you lost in 9/11 attacks. StoryCorps then preserves these stories for generations to come at the Library of Congress. For information on how to set-up your appointment and more information on how this works, please log on to this password protected website created just for Family Members: The password is 'remember'. Call (646) 723-7027 or email Emily Feit at to make an appointment.

Career Breakthroughs
Career Breakthroughs is a free career coaching program designed to serve individuals in the New York City Metropolitan Area, as well as individuals in Boston, Washington D.C, Shanksville, PA, or other U.S. regions as needed. The program serves 9/11-impacted individuals who are unemployed, severely underemployed, unable to sustain ongoing success in the workplace, or seeking to make a volunteer contribution to society. For more information, contact Gene Gitelson, Director of Career Breakthroughs, or the Program's Coordinator, Michael Laputka, at the Family Service League at 973-746-0800 ext. 18 or via email at

Just 4 Me Program
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Morris, Bergen and Passaic Counties, NJ, has a special mentoring program for children that lost a loved one on 9/11 called Just 4 Me. It is specifically designed to assist children in coping with their devastating loss and to equip them with positive life experiences. The Just 4 Me Program provides: a one-to-one relationship that provides guidance, support, fun and friendship; respite to parents on a weeknight or weekend; volunteer, adult mentors who are thoroughly screened and supervised by a Licensed Social Worker, using the standards set forth by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; training to volunteers by a grief and bereavement specialist; and parental involvement throughout the process. For more information, please call (973) 335-3044 or email

Friends of Firefighters
This organization provides FDNY members and their families with individual, marriage and family counseling and referrals; wellness trips and special events; peer support counseling; professional massage and acupuncture therapists; and stress management activities. Its resource center, located in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, serves as a central meeting spot for firefighters to relax, receive counseling, exchange information and access a wide array of services specific to their needs. Visit or call 718-643-0980.

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