IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

September 12, 2001

No. 01-22 
301 585-4000
Contact: Jim Greene


VVA EXPRESSES SORROW,
OUTRAGE AT TERRORIST ACTS


"Our members join all Americans in condemning yesterdays tragic acts of terrorism," said VVA National President Thomas H. Corey. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who lost their lives, and we also pray for a speedy recovery for those who are injured." 

The terrorist attacks yesterday that caused the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York and the attack on The Pentagon have shocked and saddened the nation, and VVA members expressed their profound sadness at the attack on our most basic freedoms - Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. 

VVA National Chaplain Fr. Philip Salois said, "Please keep this nation in your prayers and particularly the victims and their families." Salois' US Army Reserve unit has been put on alert to go to New York to conduct Critical Incident Stress Debriefings. 

"These cowardly acts have shocked us, but we need to remain calm, and come together as a nation, gaining strength from each other," Corey said. "Many of our members are skilled in trauma counseling and they are available if needed." 

In 1995, VVA sent members skilled in stress and trauma counseling to aid in the psychological recovery following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. 

"As always, our members are prepared to assist wherever necessary," Corey added. 

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