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Supporting the Parkland, Florida Community

As part of our efforts to assist communities impacted by other tragedies, on April 2 VOICES staff traveled to Parkland, Florida to participate in a Parkland Marjory Stoneman Douglas Community Peer Support Event.

The peer event was organized by Mike Dempsey and the September 11th Education Trust, and included a delegation of victims' family members and survivors impacted by 9/11, the shootings at Columbine High School, Pulse Night Club, Las Vegas, the Aurora movie theatre, the Boston Marathon Bombing and the Israeli terrorist attacks. More.

 

Blumenthal, Cornyn, Gillibrand, Grassley & Schumer Call for Full FBI Transparency and Cooperation with 9/11 Victims and Families Pursuing Justice

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray today to ensure that the FBI is fully and promptly cooperating with 9/11 victims and their families seeking justice through the courts.

In 2016, Congress approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA), which allows victims of terrorism and their families to pursue civil lawsuits against foreign states that aid and abet terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. Today, Blumenthal, Cornyn, Gillibrand, Grassley, and Schumer asked Director Wray to ensure that the FBI is working with survivors to provide evidence and documents necessary in their pursuit of justice. More.

 

World Sleep Day is March 15

Friday, March 15 is World Sleep Day. Quality sleep is essential to wellness, especially for those coping with physical and/or psychological conditions. Sleep disturbance is common among those living with trauma, grief, and medical conditions, and is prevalent in the 9/11 community.

Sleep is crucial for promoting energy, concentration, and resilience. You can address sleep problems in many ways - you can seek medical advice for medications, you can seek psychotherapy, and an MD or therapist will both be able to help you with good sleep hygiene. More.

 

One Year Anniversary: Remembering the 17 Precious Lives Lost in Parkland, Florida

February 14 marks the first anniversary when we commemorate the precious lives that were taken at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida. We remember: Alyssa Alhadeff, Martin Duque Anguiano, Scott Beigel, Nicholas Dworet, Aaron Feis, Jaime Guttenberg, Chris Hixon, Luke Hoyer, Cara Loughran, Gina Montalto, Joaquin Oliver, Alaina Petty, Meadow Pollack, Helena Ramsay, Alex Schachter, Carmen Schentrup, and Peter Wang.

Following this tragedy, we were inspired by the response of the Parkland families and students who mobilized so quickly to demand change. In the face of tragedy, they founded the youth-led March For Our Lives movement. More.

 

10 Years Later: Remembering Beverly Eckert and the Victims of Continental Flight 3407

February 12 marks the tenth anniversary when we remember VOICES co-founder Beverly Eckert and the other 49 individuals who perished when Continental Flight 3407 crashed in Buffalo, New York. Beverly was traveling to Buffalo to attend a ceremony at Canisius High School where she was awarding a scholarship in memory of her husband Sean who died on 9/11. More.

On this tenth anniversary, we remember Beverly and all those lost on Flight 3407 and we thank their family members for their tireless efforts in improving airline safety for us all. More.

 

National Cancer Prevention Month

February is National Cancer Prevention Month. Cancer is prevalent among responders and survivors who were exposed to toxins in Lower Manhattan on 9/11, and in the days and months following the attacks. Currently, the World Trade Center Health Program is providing medical and mental health treatment for over 41,000 individuals and over 100 cancers have been classified as certified conditions.

If you are already enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program it is important to schedule your annual monitoring exam every year. Before your exam, make sure to write down a list of symptoms you are experiencing, even those that you think might not be related to your 9/11 exposures.

 

New Year's Resolutions for 2019

It's not too late to consider beginning resolutions for 2019 that will have a positive impact on your mind and body! By setting realistic resolutions and taking small steps, you can improve both your physical and mental well-being!

Consider keeping a daily journal to track your progress in working toward a goal, or even getting an extra hour of sleep. You can also cultivate the practice of mindfulness, which is the ability to live in the present moment. For more ideas on resolutions and for helpful resources, click here.

 

ICAP Charity Day

Our thanks to ICAP Charity Day and VOICES ambassador Mike Greenberg for helping us help others! Every year, ICAP gives away all of its global commission revenue for one day to numerous charities around the world.

We were honored to participate in this annual event on December 6 along with Evander Holyfield, Joe Namath, Patrick McEnroe, Mike Dempsey, Michael Douglas, and others who are making important contributions by supporting so many worthy charities. Click here to learn more about ICAP Charity Day.

 

Teleconference Support Groups

At VOICES 17th Annual Day of Remembrance Information Forum, we were thrilled to have clinicians from the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) facilitate peer-to-peer group discussions.

As a follow-up, the clinicians graciously hosted teleconference support groups in November, in partnership with VOICES staff. We hope to offer similar groups in the future to support the ongoing needs of our community.

 

NYDIS Disaster Preparedness Summit

On October 16, VOICES participated in New York Disaster Interfaith Service‘s (NYDIS) “Disaster Preparedness and Crisis Leadership Training & Networking Summit for NYC Religious Leaders.“

The day-long summit provided an opportunity for religious leaders, non-profits, and government partners to come together to discuss important community preparedness updates, resources, panel discussions, and workshops. by the OEM, NY Cares, FEMA and others on learning about resources available.

 

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