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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.

Bates lends expertise to ‘Voices of Sept. 11th’

The feeling of helplessness resident Scott Bates experienced as the horrific events of September 11, 2011, unfolded have shaped his career and inspired him to make a tangible difference both in this country and overseas. Most recently, he joined the Voices of September 11th Board of Directors and will be working with families affected by 9/11 to provide a full array of services and support, commemorate the lives lost and promote national preparedness.

"It's a great honor to be working alongside the friends and family of those who lost so much but have given all they have to support each other and reach out to others touched by tragedy," Bates said. More.

Sen. Blumenthal JASTA Press Conference: Mary Fetchet’s Remarks

My name is Mary Fetchet, and I am here with my husband Frank. I want to thank Senator Blumenthal for inviting us today to talk about a topic that is near and dear to our hearts. On 9/11, our 24 year old son Brad died when a commercial airline commandeered by terrorists was flown into the south tower of the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan. Brad was one of the 2,977 innocent citizens that were senselessly killed that day.

In response to our loss, I founded Voices of September 11th, using my professional skills as a social worker to create an organization that provides long-term support services for families, responders and survivors, and to assist communities impacted by other traumatic events, many of whom are still suffering the consequences of a traumatic loss. More.

Recognizing Our Social Work Interns

VOICES New Jersey office is enriched by the wonderful social work interns who come to us through our partnership with Rutgers University. Since the New Jersey office opened in 2009, we have been fortunate to have students from the School of Social Work participate in our academic year internships, where they work alongside of staff to provide support services and assist with educational and commemorative events.

This year, we were privileged to have Katie Loane and Cara Leahy as part of the VOICES team. Katie and Cara are graduating from Rutgers and will continue their educations as Advanced Standing students in the University's MSW program. More.

VOICES of Experience Training Program

Through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, VOICES has created Voices of Experience: Helping Communities Heal After Traumatic Events, a training program based in part on the research findings from our Preparing for After Resource Kit.

The training assists communities in preparing for acts of terrorism, mass violence, and natural disasters and is intended for a broad range of community stakeholders. VOICES team and partner organizations conducted two pilot sessions of the training, in Brigantine, NJ and at our New Brunswick office. More.

VOICES at the 9/11 Memorial 5K Run/Walk and Community Day

On Sunday, April 24, VOICES participated in the 9/11 Memorial's 5K Run/Walk and Community Day, along with our partners from the Mental Health Association of New York City.

Visitors to VOICES booth received information on the World Trade Center Health Program and participated in a Memorial Quilt arts project, creating squares in memory of the responders and survivors who have died of 9/11-related illnesses. Pictured above with VOICES Project Director Stephanie Landau is September 11 Memorial & Museum President Joe Daniels. More.


VOICES Provides Support Services

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

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