9/11 Tribute Kickoff

This week kicks off what will be a week of national mourning, connection, community, rememberance and, hopefully, continued recovery both for each of us as individuals and also for us as a nation. This week on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA we’ll be talking about trauma responses – those in the moment and those afterward.

As a New Yorker who was already struggling with PTSD and living on the Upper West Side on 9/11, my own memories of the date are linked to my internal darkness at the time. What do our trauma reactions say about us? What can we learn from them? That’s the crux on the discussion we’ll have live on Thursday night.

Today, I want to highlight some people and organizations who are using their own response in really great ways. If you’re a veteran in need of support or a 9/11 survivor, family member or just plain old patriotic American there are ways for you to connect and be involved this week.


Wills will be my guest on YOUR LIFE AFTER TRAUMA this week. He has recently launched a video contest as part of the PTSD/Warrior Treatment Awareness Initiative for USA Cares. With the goal to elevate awareness nationwide surrounding the severity of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury (TBI), Wills launched the “Crazy Being Home” website (www.crazybeinghome.com) with the multi-objective to reach out to, encourage and support America’s post-9/11 veterans, assist in raising funds for the PTSD and TBI programs and to serve as a communicative outlet for those who suffer to share their mutual stories.

A number of personal accounts appear as postings on the CrazyBeingHome.com site reinforcing the evident need for a public discussion outlet.  Adding a second tier to the Crazy Being Home forum, Wills has added a video contest component, extending invitations to visitors, friends, fans and filmmakers to bring their stories to life in video format to demonstrate their support of our returning soldiers and their families working through the issues of PTSD and TBI.

Wills is encouraging folks to create their own original, visual story (music video) using the campaign theme song “Crazy Being Home” in the background.  Entrants will receive a free download of the single and the winning video production will be featured on CrazyBeingHome.com as well as Mark Wills’ website.  (See details, rules and regulations at crazybeinghome.com.)

Wills recorded the campaign theme song “Crazy Being Home” (written by Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren, Bret Warren and Robin Lindsey) as a tribute to our brothers and sisters of service.  It appears on his new album (LOOKING FOR AMERICA) which was released in June; the cut will be released to country radio in October 2011.

In addition to the blog discussions and video contest, visitors of crazybeinghome.com may offer financial assistance. For more information on Mark Wills and the “Crazy Being Home” Campaign, visit: www.markwills.com or www.crazybeinghome.com.  For more information on the USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today program visit: http://www.usacares.org.


Founded by a family member of a 9/11 victim, 911Day.org’s hopeful mission is by annually organizing the 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance (“9/11 Day”), to provide a positive and forward-looking way for Americans and others to forever honor and remember the 9/11 victims, survivors, and the many that rose in service in response to the 9/11 tragedy, including first responders, recovery workers, volunteers, public safety officers and members of our military.  

It is easy and free to participate. All you need to do (joining millions of others around the world) is observe the anniversary of 9/11 by performing good deeds, supporting charitable causes, volunteering and engaging in other acts of compassion. Visit this 911Day.Org to post your tribute in remembrance of 9/11.


The U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs is raising awareness of the Veterans Crisis Line, by offering a free, confidential hotline and online chat service for Veterans and Service members in crisis and their families and friends.  The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7/365 for Veterans, Service members and their loved ones even if they are not registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs or enrolled in VA healthcare.

Veterans, Service members and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net to receive support from caring, qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders – many are Veterans themselves – who are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances through any emotional or personal crisis.

With 23 million Veterans in the United States, and more returning home each day from active duty, it is increasingly important that these men and women receive the specialized support they deserve.  Veterans are at greater risk of dying by suicide than non-Veterans, but help is available and it can make a difference. Since its launch in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 430,000 calls and made more than 14,000 life-saving rescues. An anonymous online chat service was added in 2009 and it has helped more than 18,000 people.


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