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June 19, 2013

Dear Families and Friends,

This past weekend, the VOICES staff participated in the News 4 New York Giants Health and Fitness Expo. Over 20,000 people attended the one-of-a-kind weekend event held in the MetLife Stadium. The VOICES team got a chance to meet several members of the News 4 team right on the field where the NY Giants play in the fall!  They also got the chance to talk to hundreds of people about how to apply to the World Trade Center Health Program. The New York metropolitan area is home to many of the responders and survivors who were at the WTC site after 9/11. We are privileged to work with them to help determine their eligibility for health care coverage under the program and to assist with the application process. To learn more about the WTC Health Program, you can call Debbie Westfal toll free at 855-709-0100, email us at wtchp@voicesofsept11.org or go to our website at www.voicesofsept11.org.

On Monday, June 24th Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Congressman Jerrold Nadler held a press conference in Lower Manhattan to raise awareness about health care benefits available under the Zadroga Law. The event also marked the 100 day countdown to the deadline for most survivors and responders to file claims for economic losses with the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). To view the press release, click here.

Recently, I was inducted into the Hall of Fame at the annual Alumni Day of my alma mater, the Columbia University School of Social Work.  It was a great honor to be recognized with such esteemed individuals - Paul Kurzman '64, Sadye Logan '80DSW, and the late Shelton Granger '47, each who have made significant contributions to the field of social work. During the daylong event, we had an opportunity to present our work to educators and alumni. Those in attendance were especially interested to learn how our social work training has influenced our work. At the induction I was able to thank those who have supported my vision for VOICES - our dedicated staff, volunteers and interns, and my family and friends. As I reflect on the evolution of the organization over the past 12 years, the 9/11 families, survivors, rescue and recovery workers have been critical in guiding our work, and will continue to do so in the years ahead.

Sadly, we lost a champion for the 9/11 community with the recent death of Senator Frank Lautenberg. After 9/11, he relentlessly pushed for higher spending on homeland security and on the Tenth Anniversary he sponsored legislation calling for a national moment of silence to honor the victims. Most importantly, Senator Lautenberg was always available to listen to our concerns. I have fond memories of my last conversation with him while traveling from Washington DC on the Amtrak train.  He reflected on how 9/11 affected him personally, and spoke passionately about his personal goal of making sure that future generations "never forget". As they say your eyes are the window to your soul.  His compassion, determination to make a difference and love of life was conveyed through the twinkle in his bright blue eyes. Senator Lautenberg will sorely be missed.


Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Staff

9/11 Living Memorial  
Workshop Appointments

New Canaan, CT
Monday - Friday

New Brunswick, NJ
Monday - Friday

For a full schedule of upcoming workshop appointments. Click Here.

VOICES Teleconference Schedule

Tuesday, July 2nd
Firefighter Mothers' Group  
10:00am to 11:00am

Tuesday, July 2nd
Parents' Support Group  
3:45pm to 5:00pm

Wednesday, July 3rd
Parenting Workshop Group
9:00pm to 10:00pm

Tuesday, July 16th
Rockland In-Person Group
7:00pm to 9:00pm  

Wednesday, July 17th
Siblings' Group
2:30pm to 3:30pm

Tuesday, July 23rd
Witness/Survivors' Group  
4:00pm to 5:00pm
For a full schedule of upcoming teleconference groups. Click Here.

For a complete list of events
visit our website at www.voicesofsept11.org.
9/11 Community News
List of Cancers Covered Under Zadroga Law To Include Breast Cancer

Recently, the list of cancers covered by the James Zadroga Law has been expanded to include breast cancer. We have been working with rescuers and survivors to help them learn about what is now covered by the law and how they can apply to receive medical at one of the Centers of Excellence. We can even help fill out the forms. More information is available on our website or by calling our toll free number, 855-709-0100 or emailing us at wtchp@voicesofsept11.org
Tuesday's Children Offers Camp Tuesday's Champions!

CampTC will be an enriching four-day program that brings together children of Tuesday's Children, ages 10-15, for workshops in art, music, drama and sports as well as campfires, water activities, adventure courses, nature walks, scavenger hunts and much more! Professional staff members will facilitate each workshop. Dedicated counselors will coordinate the schedule for the campers. To ensure a safe and fun community for each child, a clinician and a nurse will be on site at all times.

Tuesday's Children has several events scheduled for families this summer. Meet the Mets on July 2nd at a "Meet and Greet" with Mets players.  Go fishing on July 10th.  Visit the 9/11 Memorial on July 17th. For more information, click here. 
Twin Towers Author Talk & Reading at Rutger's Alexander Library
Folklorist and Rutgers American Studies Professor Angus Gillespie will read from his bestseller, Twin Towers: The Life of New York City's World Trade Center, and discuss the cultural significance of this monumental work of civil engineering, on Tuesday, July 9th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the Alexander Library's fourth floor Scholarly Communication Center. A light reception will precede the author talk. More.  
In the News
Woman Identified in Retesting of 9/11 WTC Remainss
Authorities retesting human remains recovered from the World Trade Center site after the Sept. 11 attacks have identified those of a 43-year-old woman.. More.
Alleged 9/11 Plotters Have Another Day in Guantanamo Court
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, identified in the 9/11 Commission Report as the "principal architect of the 9/11 attacks," is slated to appear in court with four suspected co-conspirators on Monday. More.
Benefits available to those exposed to 9/11 toxins
New York officials on Monday urged people who may have been affected by the 9/11 attacks to apply for economic benefits before an October deadline. More.
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