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VOICES June Highlights


Dear Families and Friends,

This Memorial Day we pause to honor and remember the military personnel who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In recognition, we are sharing a recent presentation by the authors of Unwavering, who documented the inspiring stories of the Vietnam military wives who fought to ensure that no U.S. military personnel will ever be left behind.

May 30 marks the 21st Anniversary of the end of the 9-month rescue and recovery effort at Ground Zero. To commemorate this milestone, the 9/11 Memorial & Museum is holding a ceremony on the 9/11 Memorial Glade.

June is National PTSD Awareness Month, and we are offering programs to help reduce the impact of this challenging condition. Dr. Elisha Goldstein will join us to discuss, Understanding Resilience: The Power of Connection and Community and Carolina Bautista-Vélez will present Helping the Helper: Understanding Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue.

For you avid golfers, there are still a few openings for our 9th Annual Golf Outing, which will be held on Monday, June 12 at the prestigious Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, NY. It is always a magnificent event, and we hope you can join us.

Mark your calendars for September 9 and 10! Preparations are underway for VOICES 22nd Annual Remembrance Symposium in NYC, to be held in partnership with Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Alumni Association and the International Network Supporting Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence.

All are welcome to join us for VOICES virtual programs. Please contact us if we can be of assistance.

With warm regards,
Mary Fetchet & the VOICES Team


May 30 Commemoration

This month marks the 21st Anniversary of the closing of the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. On Tuesday, May 30 the National September 11 Memorial & Museum will commemorate this milestone with a ceremony on the 9/11 Memorial Glade.

The ceremony will honor all 9/11 rescue, recovery, and relief workers, as well as those who are sick or have died from illnesses linked to exposure to hazards and toxins in the aftermath of 9/11 at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, or near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The event will also be streamed live for those unable to attend in person.

To attend the commemoration ceremony on Monday, May 30, please RSVP to with your full name, affiliation, and number of guests. Please also include any required accommodations. For more information visit:



In honor of Memorial Day, VOICES Meet the Authors series welcomed authors Taylor Baldwin Kiland and Judy Silverstein Gray to discuss their book Unwavering: The Wives Who Fought to Ensure No Man is Left Behind. Here, they shared the true inspiring accounts of POW and MIA military wives who waged an epic battle to ensure their husbands, prisoners in Vietnam, were not left behind.

Click here to listen to the authors, along with VOICES Director Mary Fetchet, as they highlight the many parallels between these powerful women and the 9/11 family members who turned their grief into advocacy efforts in seeking truth and justice in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.


Uncovering Resilience
The Power of Connection and Community



Tuesday, June 7 - 12:00pm EST


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Statistics show that stress, anxiety and depression are dramatically increasing. What are we missing? Community.

Building community is integral to resilience. Knowing we are part of something, the sense of connection and belonging, helps us feel safe.

Dr. Elisha Goldstein will reveal the science behind why connection is essential to catalyze healing. He will discuss the major obstacles that prevent us from thriving, and show us how to organize social influences that help build resilience for greater health and well-being.

Register Now! Questions submitted in advance will be given priority during the Q&A session.


Helping the Helper
Understanding Vicarious Trauma & Compassion Fatigue



Monday, June 26 - 12:00pm EST


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Have you ever experienced emotional and physical exhaustion that leads to the diminished ability to feel compassion? Do you have difficulties managing your emotions due to the exposure of the trauma of others?

Studies show that between 40% and 85% of us are experiencing Compassion Fatigue or Vicarious Trauma. Whether at work, at home, or simply by watching the news, we can experience the fallout of these types of exposures.

Join us as Carolina Bautista-Vélez uncovers the signs and symptoms of Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue in our personal and professional lives. She will teach us how to develop important coping skills in order to cultivate self-care and resilience.

Register Now! Questions submitted in advance will be given priority during the Q&A session.


VOICES 9th Annual Golf Outing is Two Weeks Away!

Monday, June 12, 2023


Quaker Ridge Golf Club
146 Griffen Ave, Scarsdale, NY


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Join us for another extraordinary golf experience at the world-class Quaker Ridge Golf Club in Scarsdale, New York. This year we are offering a hybrid format – a 1:00pm shotgun start or a limited number of assigned tee times from 7:00am through 7:50am. Lunch will be served from 11:00am – 1:00pm. The tournament will be followed by a cocktail reception and an exquisite buffet beginning at 5:00pm. All proceeds support VOICES programs.



VOICES is hosting its 22nd Annual Remembrance Symposium on September 9 and 10 in NYC. Presented in partnership with Leadership in Counter-Terrorism Alumni Association (LinCT-AA) and International Network Supporting Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (INVICTM), the two-day event brings together distinguished professionals working in national security, law enforcement, and victim services.

VOICES Annual Remembrance Symposium is free and registration is required. In person attendance for the September 9 program is by invite only and available to all via live stream. The September 10 program is open to all – in person and via live stream. Save the Date!


Mindful Moment Meditation
Presented by Meg Rooney



Friday, June 9 at 10:30am EST


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Join VOICES for our monthly Mindful Moment series with certified yoga and wellness instructor, Meg Rooney. The theme for June is, "The Gift of Forgiveness." Together we will pause from the busy nature of our days to breathe, reconnect and begin again - feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Participation is free and registration is required.


Peer Support Groups

VOICES Peer Support Groups, led by VOICES clinical staff are held online. The groups provide a safe place to connect with one another, and acquire skills to build resilience. Participation is free and registration is required.

June 21; July 26 - Register

Family Members
June 5 and 19; July 17 - Register

June 6 and 20; July 18 - Register

June 26; July 24 - Register

Bereavement Group for Those Who Have
Lost a Loved One in the Past 3 Years June 8 and 22; July 13 - Register

Parents Helping Parents In-Person Support Groups
June 7 and 21; July 5 and 19 - Register