Our Voices: World Trade Center Health Program
Ridgely Ochs’ story in Newsday, “9/11 first responders’ battle with PTSD,” may have been written in 2011, but touches on issues that remain very relevant today. Today, June 27th, is National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. While PTSD is often associated with military veterans returning from war, anyone who has lived through a traumatic event can experience symptoms at any time.
On this Awareness Day, VOICES would like to share with you this important information about PTSD, published by the National Institute of Mental Health
Do you have questions about eligibility for the World Trade Center Health Program? Visit with us in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on Sunday, June 22nd at the Dominican American Communitarian Association Health Fair. At the fair, we will meet with responders, survivors and their friends to provide information about the application process for The World Trade Center Health Program.
George Martin returned to Giant Stadium for the game against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 6th. This time he wasn’t suiting up for the Giants; he was expressing his support for the 9/11 Responders. In 2008, Martin walked more than 3,200 miles across the United States to benefit “thousands of the true heroes of 9/11,” seriously ill rescue and recovery workers.
The news recently reported that over 100 New York City first responders are expected to be arrested for millions of dollars in disability fraud for faking illnesses related to the 2001 terrorist attacks is disheartening to say the least. First responders are at increased risk for kidney damage and cancers as a result of their exposure to toxins during the recovery effort.