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An insightful day featuring presentations, panel discussions and interactive educational sessions led by accomplished subject matter experts, clinicians and researchers. For mental health professionals, emergency managers, law enforcement, community stakeholders and individuals impacted by or working in the field of trauma.

I hope this note finds you all well. We wanted to share with you information from the 9/11 Memorial & Museum regarding the Pope's visit to the World Trade Center site. On Friday, September 25, 2015, Pope Francis will be making a historic visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum. The pontiff's visit is another powerful example of the global significance placed on coming to this sacred ground.

Join us for an insightful day featuring presentations, panel discussions, and interactive educational sessions led by accomplished subject matter experts, clinicians and researchers. The symposium is intended for mental health professionals, emergency managers, law enforcement, students, and other community stakeholders working in the field of trauma and victims' services.

Saturday, June 27 is National Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day. The National Center for PTSD reports that about 8% of Americans will have PTSD at some point in their lives, and that more than 8 million individuals have PTSD during a given year.

This weekend, we honor the special men in our lives. Our fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, brothers and those individuals who have taken on the role of a father in our lives - coaches, colleagues, mentors and friends - have all shaped us into the people we are today. Father's Day is a day of reflection for many, as we remember those who aren't with us. On this special day we remember the many men, of all ages, who were lost on 9/11, whose lives we learned about through working with their families on the 9/11 Living Memorial Project.

We are pleased to announce two important projects we are undertaking as part of our work to expand VOICES Resilience Center. VOICES was recently awarded a 14-month grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop curriculum and training that will assist communities in preparing for and responding to acts of terrorism, mass violence and natural disasters.

Yesterday I attended the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee hearing in Washington, DC. Witnesses provided an update on the World Trade Center Health Program, and first-hand accounts of their treatment for medical conditions as a result of working in the rescue and recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site. The subcommittee is evaluating the effectiveness of the program and considering the reauthorization of the Zadroga Act, which expires in 2016.

This Monday, May 25 marks the 146th observance of Memorial Day, where we honor and remember the brave men and women who have lost their lives while serving in our military. Since September 11, 2001, more than 2.5 million service members have been deployed to the Middle East, and thousands have given their lives in the line of duty. Their dedication to serving our country continues to ensure the protection of our freedoms as American citizens, and this weekend is a time to honor their lives and pay tribute to their unwavering commitment.

From Thursday, May 28 through Saturday, May 30, the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City will be hosting a series of special programs for the 9/11 Rescue and Recovery community to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the end of the historic recovery operations at Ground Zero.

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Since its opening last May, more than 2 million visitors from all 50 states and from around the world have toured the Museum. We are indebted to so many individuals who worked tirelessly over the years to accomplish a monumental task - preserving a site that is sacred ground to those who lost loved ones, while documenting a tragedy that has individual and international consequences that will reverberate for generations to come.

On this beautiful spring day here in the Northeast, we send sincere Mother's Day wishes to all of you who are mothers, and to those who have taken on the role of a mother to someone special in your life. We know that this day may be challenging for those who have lost a mother or a child, or for those who became a single parent after losing their spouse. Know that all of us at VOICES hold you in our hearts and will be thinking of you as you celebrate the day.

Join us for a spectacular day of golf at a beautiful venue! Those not playing golf are welcome to join us later in the day for the dinner and speaker program. Either way, our committee has planned an intimate "non-corporate" flavor for the event. Funds raised from this event will sustain VOICES commitment to provide services to 9/11 families, responders and survivors.

On April 3, VOICES hosted our annual Resiliency Symposium at Rutgers Livingston Campus Student Center in Piscataway, New Jersey. Over 150 were in attendance, many participating for the first time. We were very fortunate to have accomplished professionals sharing their expertise in the field of trauma.

Tomorrow marks the 2nd anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombings. We remember the victims, those who were injured or survived and their families who were also impacted on that tragic day. The powerful resilience shown by so many immediately after the event, and two years later, is testimony to the strength of the Boston community - and to the resilience of the human spirit.

All of us at VOICES are looking forward to seeing many of you at our Resiliency Symposium on Friday, April 3rd. If you haven't made a reservation, we have a few additional spaces so it's not too late to register online! For social work professionals who are interested in CEU's, we are pleased to announce that this event has been approved for 5 continuing education hours in both New Jersey and New York State.

It's just one week away from VOICES April 3 Resiliency Symposium, which promises to be an informative day of presentations and interactive educational experiences. Once again, we are honored to have a distinguished group of professionals with expertise in the fields of psychology, research, occupational health, and medicine.

I hope this note finds you well. This Wednesday, March 25, the 9/11 Memorial Museum is hosting the first in a series of talks that will explore the topic about the spread of Islamist radicalism. We've included information below about the event and details on how to register.

Join Voices of September 11th for VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience Symposium: Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma: Identification and Treatment of Long-Term Needs.

Do we get over it? Do we get on with it? What is grieving? How do we transform traumatic loss into an enduring presence that we use for connection and healing? Against the backdrop of traumatic impact, Dr. Suzanne B. Phillips will invite us to recognize that the road from trauma to hope and healing is neither predictable nor time-sensitive.

What are the long-term implications for families who have experienced trauma? How do stories about tragedy and remembrances of those who have been lost get weaved into the narrative of a child's family legacy? What are the mind-body connections that help one understand the intimate relationship of the mind and body, and how do we tap into these tools to optimize our health?

Join us for VOICES Inaugural Golf Outing on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Woodway Country Club, Willie Park Jr. designed course; recently voted 7th best in CT by Golf Digest. Funds raised support VOICES efforts to provide support to 9/11 families, responders and survivors and to share our expertise and lessons learned to promote healing and resiliency in other communities impacted by tragedy.

VOICES will be participating in Fairfield County's Giving Day on Thursday, March 5, and we need your support. Hosted by Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Giving Day is a 24-hour online event to "Give Where You Live" and celebrate the work of nonprofits in the Foundation's area.

Join us on Friday, April 3 for VOICES Symposium, "Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma: Identification and Treatment of Long-Term Needs." The day-long event includes presentations by subject matter experts as seen in the agenda provided.

Join us on Friday, April 3 for VOICES Symposium, "Promoting Resiliency in Communities Impacted by Trauma: Identification and Treatment of Long-Term Needs." The day-long event includes presentations by subject matter experts who have provided support services for children, families, responders and survivors impacted by 9/11.

Save the date for Friday, April 3, 2015 for VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience Annual Symposium. The event will be held at Rutgers University, Livingston Campus Student Center at 84 Joyce Kilmer Avenue in Piscataway, NJ