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