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Month in Review

June is National PTSD Awareness Month

According to the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, about 60% of men and 50% of women will experience a traumatic event in their lifetime, and the numbers are even higher for members of the armed forces. Everyone deals with trauma differently, and not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. However, up to 20% of individuals may.

Not a week goes by without a report of another tragedy occurring in our country. The unfortunate fact is that an act of terrorism, mass violence or natural disaster occurs each week, and the notion of 'it can't happen here' is fading as random acts occur in both small and large communities. More.

Congressional Hearing on Reauthorization of the Zadroga Act

On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Health Subcommittee held a hearing on the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act. The bill seeks to extend medical care benefits indefinitely and compensation under the Victim Compensation Fund through 2041 to rescue workers and survivors who became ill due to the attacks.

As of the end of 2014, there are 71,942 individuals enrolled in the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP), 20,833 of whom received treatment for heath conditions arising from toxic and other hazardous exposures resulting from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. More.

VOICES Tees Up for Inaugural Golf Outing

VOICES Tees Up for Inaugural Golf Outing

Voices of September 11th (VOICES) will be hosting its inaugural golf outing on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The event will be held at the Country Club of Fairfield in Southport, CT, a Seth Raynor designed course, which has been named the 2nd best course in Connecticut by Golf Digest.

The VOICES outing is chaired by New Canaan resident Peter Krieger. Mr. Krieger is joined by committee members Linus Cooke, Jerry Fadden, Frank Fetchet, Jack Loop, Jerry Miller, Whitney Williams, and Kurt Wolfgruber More.

9/11 Memorial 5K Run to Remember

VOICES Tees Up for Inaugural Golf Outing

On Sunday, April 26, the VOICES staff was on hand for the Family Day celebration following the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run to Remember.

At the VOICES tent, visitors created commemorative quilt squares to be added to the "In Memoriam" Quilt. Inspired by the AIDS Memorial Quilt - which was conceived to document the lives they feared history would neglect - VOICES created this project. More.

Columbia School of Social Work Welcomes New Inductees

Columbia School of Social Work Welcomes New Inductees

On Friday, April 17, 2015, the Columbia University School of Social work held its annual induction ceremonies into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame. The event began with a day-long conference, "Social Work in Times of Growing Concern," and ended with the Hall of Fame Reception.

The Hall of Fame honors (the) alumni of the Columbia University School of Social Work who have made outstanding contributions to the theory and/or practice of social work and who, by their example, have added distinction to the social work profession. More.

Reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

Reauthorization of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act

With the World Trade Center Health Program and the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund set to expire in October 2015 and 2016, respectively, a bipartisan group of U.S. Senate and House Lawmakers from Across the Country have introduced an important act to permanently extend these programs.

Nearly 14 years after 9/11, responders and survivors are still battling serious health crises resulting from exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero. The new James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act would continue the WTC Health Program, and continue to provide monitoring and treatment for communities throughout the nation. More.

VOICES Resiliency Symposium

VOICES Annual Resiliency Symposium

On Friday, April 3, 2015, VOICES hosted its annual Resiliency Symposium, "Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma: Identification and Treatment of Long-Term Needs." This year's Symposium was an insightful day that featured presentations, panel discussions and interactive educational speakers led by accomplished clinicians, authors, and researchers. We were pleased to bring together this group of professionals with expertise in the fields of psychology, research, occupational health, and medicine.

The day-long event included presentations by subject matter experts who have provided support services for children, families, responders and survivors impacted by 9/11. The Symposium also offered information to mental health professionals, emergency managers, students, and other community stakeholders working in the field of trauma. More.

FBI 9/11 Review Commission Releases New Report

FBI 9/11 Review Commission Releases New Report

In January 2014, the U.S. Congress directed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to create a commission with the expertise and scope to conduct a comprehensive external review of the implementation of the recommendations related to the FBI that were proposed by the 9/11 Commission.

The FBI 9/11 Review Commission was chaired by Bruce Hoffman, Edwin Meese and Ambassador Tim Roemer. The chairs appointed John Gannon, VOICES Board Member and former CIA Deputy Director for Intelligence, as Executive Director. More.

Robinson and Cole Giving Cup Award

Robinson Cole Giving Cup Award

On December 8, 2014, Robinson+Cole presented NFL football legend George Martin of the New York Giants with its inaugural Giving Cup Award at a reception at The Avon Theatre in Stamford, CT. The firm honored Mr. Martin for his work in support of 9/11 first responders and their ongoing medical needs. Additionally, Mary Fetchet, Founding Director of Voices of September 11th, spoke about the important work of the organization to help families heal after tragedy, a vital mission that began after 9/11.

"Survivors need the ongoing support of their communities," said Ms. Fetchet. "It was an honor to participate in Robinson+Cole's very special event recognizing George Martin for his work to assist 9/11 responders." More.

Mary Fetchet Lost Her Son on 9/11

Mary Fetchet Lost Her Son on 9/11

New Canaan's Mary Fetchet lost her son Brad on September 11, 2001. He had called her husband right after the first tower was hit; he was on the 89th floor of tower 2. That was the last time they heard from their 24-year-old son.

Fetchet, a social worker by trade, though grieving, started mobilizing to help other families and founded a 9/11 advocacy non-profit organization called Voices of September 11th. She also launched the 9-11 Living Memorial Project so that the stories of those who perished could be told. More.

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