FOS11 Newsletter, Volume #4, Issue #12December

Welcome | Issues Update | Upcoming Events | Resources | Contact Us | Donate

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


As 2005 fast comes to an end, we have an opportunity to reflect on the year. For some, the healing process continues, for others the events of 9/11 may still be close. This newsletter provides resources for family members, parents, and survivors to assist you through the holiday season. In addition, there are links to foundations and scholarship programs that you or your loved ones may be eligible for. 

FOS11 wishes everyone a peaceful holiday season and new year. We extend a heart-felt thank you for your support and membership. FOS11 looks forward to continuing to serve you in 2006.

In keeping with the season, many people may be looking for last minute gift idea.  A wonderful way to inspire young philanthropists is to support worthwhile causes.  For more information, please go to: Network For Good.

Issues Update

FOS11 in Collaboration with the Nuclear Threat Initiative
FOS11 and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) have joined in a collaborative effort to launch a national public/awareness campaign. Located in Washington, D.C., the NTI is committed to reducing global threats from nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.  Its co-directors are former Senator Sam Nunn and Ted Turner.

The goal of the NTI awareness campaign is to urge constant pressure by the American public on their respective legislators regarding putting nuclear safety at the top of its list, and to push for appointing a high-level official reporting directly to the President in order to coordinate and accelerate cooperative work around the globe to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction.

For educational purposes NTI offers—free of charge—a DVD docu-drama on nuclear terrorism titled “Last Best Chance” (contact Caressa Williams at 202/454-7711 for a copy.) Please go to for further information about NTI and join FOS11’s support of this campaign.

Upcoming Events

Take a planned Faith Walk around Ground Zero
Lutheran Disaster Response of New York and partner Koinonia NYC invites you to take a Faith Walk around Ground Zero. Faith Walks are inspirational and educational tours of Ground Zero and surrounding landmarks, encouraging healing and hope. If you’re planning a trip to New York City, or want to read more about others’ experiences, go to


Coping Though the Holidays
The season offers us wonderful opportunities to share and enjoy the company of friends and loved ones. Since the holidays are so "family focused" they can also be a reminder of the absence of those we have lost from our lives. These remembrances, coupled with the "normal stress" of the season, can feel overwhelming and at times crippling. While there is no one way to handle this recurring sadness some helpful suggestions for coping through this difficult time can be found at the National Mental Health Association Website. For further information go to:

9/11 Band: Remember, Honor, Hope
FOS11 proudly presents the 9/11 Band in remembrance, with honor, and in hope of a better future for all our children. FOS11 President MaryEllen Salamone's son, an avid collector of the colorful "cause" bracelets, designed the 9/11 Band so that people would "remember those who died, honor all those who helped around the world, and hope that something like 9/11 never happens again." For a donation of $15.00, you will receive five bracelets. Bracelets are $3.00/each for any quantity thereafter. Read more about the 9/11 Band Story and to download an Order Form.

Children and Spouses’ Post Secondary Education Scholarship Fund
Kikkoman Foods Foundation has established the Children and Spouses’ Post Secondary Education Scholarship Fund for individuals who will matriculate at the post secondary level in the fall of 2006. Eight scholarships are available to those affected by the September 11 attack on the Pentagon and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania air disaster. This includes individuals seriously injured as well as the children, stepchildren, and spouses of individuals killed or seriously injured. These scholarships may be used for all post high school education. If you are eligible, please visit Kikkoman Scholarship Fund for an application and additional information.

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, established by Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc. (CSFA) and part of the September 11 Scholarship Alliance, provides education assistance for postsecondary study to members of families impacted by events of September 11, 2001.  To register, call toll-free 877-862-0136 or e-mail  Families of victims are encouraged to register all dependents, including young children (newborn to high school) and spouses/domestic partners, as soon as possible.  Any information you provide by phone or on the registration form will be used only to inform you of other educational assistance opportunities.   Students currently enrolled in college or who expect to enroll for the next term are also eligible and must apply for scholarship assistance.  The Registration Form is available at  

Understanding and Encouraging Bereaved Young Adults
An article by Paula A. Madrid, Psy.D.
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. Dr. Madrid is the Director of The Resiliency Program (TRP) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health's National Center for Disaster Preparedness. A New York State licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Madrid specializes in trauma, resilience, and disaster preparedness.
Read the Article.

For more information on helping children who are grieving, please visit our Children of September 11 webpage,

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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