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Program for Sept. 11 survivors, first responders offers ‘peace of mind’

For two weeks following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Rod Khattabi could often be seen at Ground Zero digging through the rubble. In the hours after the attacks, Khattabi was a first responder, working around the clock in dangerous conditions.

The former U.S. Customs and Border Protection Special Agent, who is a director of the Safety and Justice Initiative at Grace Farms, remembers returning to his Norwalk home on the morning of Sept. 12. More.


Jon Stewart to Host Facebook Live Viewing Event in Honor of 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act

On December 18, 2015, Congress approved the extension of the Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act, which provides compensation and medical and mental health treatment to first responders and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. One year later, there are still thousands of people who qualify for the benefits but have not yet signed up.

At 11:00 am EST on Sunday, December 18, 2016, comedian Jon Stewart will host a Facebook Live event from the 9/11 Museum in New York City to help raise awareness and encourage those who may qualify to begin the process of receiving benefits, including those who survived that day and those who bravely and generously worked in the recovery efforts. More.

Towers of Power: These 9/11 Vets Responded to Terror by Giving Back

When the World Trade Center site remained a search-and-rescue operation rather than a lost cause, I interviewed Craig Garber, a paramedic from Dedham, Mass., while reporting on the many volunteers who rushed to New York to help. As I remember it, Craig was tall, grimey-faced and wearing a yellow hard hat and no respirator. Craig was taking a break from four straight days on "the pile," as the rescuers called Ground Zero.

I got out a few questions when, without warning, a spasm of grief shook me and I started to uncontrollably sob—not exactly a professional moment in my career, but an honest one. Craig, a guy I'd known for about two minutes, paternally wrapped his arms around me and basically gave me a "there, there" until I regained my composure. More.

CDC Awards VOICES Contract to Assist 9/11 Survivors in Accessing Health Care

VOICES of September 11th (VOICES) was awarded a contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to promote awareness about the World Trade Center Health Program. The Program provides treatment for medical and mental health conditions experienced by those who were in the NYC disaster area in the days and months following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Under the contract, VOICES will focus their outreach efforts on survivors. This group includes anyone - workers, residents, children, or visitors -who were present in the New York City disaster area on or after 9/11. The disaster area encompasses Lower Manhattan south of Houston Street and the northwest corner of Brooklyn. More.

An Inspired Approach to Grief (New Canaan/Darien Magazine September 2016)

This month, Americans will turn the pages on their calendars and find themselves at the fifteenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. For Mary Fetchet, the commemoration will be about more than the day her 24-year-old son, Brad, died in the Twin Towers.

On the day the World Trade Center fell, Mary was a clinical social worker employed in Milford, Connecticut. She had attended a conference where the mother of an Oklahoma City victim spoke about her personal loss and the aftermath of the 1995 terrorist attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building there. More.

Congress overrides Obama veto: 9/11 families can sue Saudi Arabia

Congress has voted to override a presidential veto of legislation that allows 9/11 families to sue the government of Saudi Arabia in U.S. courts for their alleged backing of the terrorist hijackers.

When he vetoed it, President Barack Obama argued the legislation, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, would undermine U.S. interests and expose American military officials to potential legal problems in other countries. But many 9/11 family members are happy JASTA has become law. More.

Connecticut Lawmakers Urge Override Of Obama's 9/11 Bill Veto

Top Democrats and 9/11 families called on the U.S. Senate Monday to override President Barack Obama's veto and allow the families to sue Saudi Arabia over the terrorist attacks.

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy stood outside the federal courthouse in Hartford to say that the families deserve the right to file civil lawsuits against the government of Saudi Arabia to determine culpability for the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. More.

Reflecting on the 15th Anniversary

The 15th Anniversary was a milestone, especially for those of us who were impacted on September 11, 2001. As we gathered in New York City, at the Pentagon in Shanksville, PA, or in our local communities, we remembered the 2,977 innocent citizens who lost their lives that day. As in years past, the anniversary was a time to commemorate, reflect on our personal journey and recognize the resilience of our 9/11 community.

On this solemn occasion, it was comforting to be surrounded by so many who have become extended family to us! September 11, 2001 was a day that changed so many lives. Nearly 1,000 responders and survivors have died as a result of their exposure to toxins at the World Trade Center site, and thousands are still suffering with serious medical and psychological conditions. More.

9/11 First Responder, Survivor Share Stories Of Renewal At New Canaan Event

Twenty-four hours after the World Trade Center collapsed, then-Greenwich firefighter Guy Fortt came upon a police officer curled up in a ball on the ground at the scene.

"I saw that he was dead. But it was good to see a whole person. Everything I was seeing that day -- even chairs and desks -- was shredded," Fortt recalled. Fortt, who was part of the the 9/11 Search & Rescue Team, was one of the speakers Monday at a program called "Remembrance, Renewal and Resilience" at Grace Farm Sanctuary in New Canaan. More.

After 15 Years, We Still Remember - 15th Anniversary of 9/11 Terrorist Attack will mark the upcoming 15th Anniversary of the September 11th attacks by offering flags to support the Voices of September 11th (VOICES). This 501c3 nonprofit organization was founded by Mary Fetchet, who lost her 24 year old son Brad on 9/11.

The Fetchet family turned their loss into a living legacy for those who perished on 9/11. The VOICES project has provided more than 120,000 hours of social services support and built trusting relationships with those impacted by 9/11. Mary's husband Frank continues as a full time volunteer leading Development at VOICES. More.


VOICES Provides Support Services

VOICES Staff Provides Support Services Including: Assessments, Support Groups, Referrals, Commemorative Events, Workshops.

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