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WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER…Keeping 9/11 Victims in our hearts


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The 9/11 terror attack by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda was termed the “worst and most audacious terror attack in American history” by the New York Times.

Seventeen years after 9/11, the world once more remembers the terrorist attacks that left more than the 2,996 people dead and over 6,000 injured in New York, Washington, and outside of Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Terrorists hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Many more have died since then from 9/11 related cancer and respiratory disease.

The remembrances may be over for today on the anniversary of the event, but many of the responders and survivors of that disaster continue to suffer from the toxic exposure they endured while helping to rescue victims of that attack. Others, such as those who helped with the cleanup of that area and surrounding areas, were also affected by the attack, in addition to those who lived and worked in those neighborhoods after the attack. That horrific disaster has changed our lives. Air travel will never be the same. What is known as the “hassle factor” was introduced. Each time you enter an airport with the intent to travel, according to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), there are rules and regulations to follow to ensure safety when flying; take off your shoes, your belts. Liquid contents, gels, and creams are restricted to travel sized items that are 3.4 ounces or less in carry-ons. Sadly, surveys have shown that racial prejudice has increased since 9/11 terror attacks. There are heightened concerns over immigration related to the terror attacks. For many ethnic groups the world is not as beautiful as it used to be.

For those suffering adverse reactions related to the 9/11 disaster, there is help. You may be eligible for free treatment and medication at one of the New York City WTC Centers of Excellence or the National Provider Network

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Call 1-888-982-4748 or visit www.cdc.gov/wtc for more information. (https://www1.nyc.gov/site/911health)



About The Author

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Dantie Smith-Brown

Dantie Smith-Brown was born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, where she graduated from teacher’s college before migrating to the United States. Changing course upon arrival, she became a Respiratory Care Practitioner when her father introduced her to that specialized area in health care. She is passionate about educating, diagnosing and treating individuals who suffer from heart and lung diseases to improve their health and well-being.

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