Tremont native becomes ‘father figure’ via Tuesday’s Children, teaches patience and compassion to FDNY 9/11 child

Through Tuesday’s Children, Brian Harrison, a man with no children, has mentored Bradley Walz, 23, since 2007, attending his ball games, bar mitzvah, and other special events, as well as spending time together generally. Walz lost his father, FF Jeffrey Walz, in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Harrison told Jason Cohen of the Bronx Times,  “Two of the greatest things that ever happened to me was meeting my wife and meeting Brad through Tuesday’s Children.”

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Interim September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master August E. Flentje appointed following departure of Rupa Bhattacharyya

September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya resigned on April 29, 2022. Now August E. Flentje, a career civil service attorney with the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, has been appointed as interim Special Master of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The VCF was created by Congress to compensate those who suffered injury or illness or who died as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 (including the recovery efforts after the attacks).

Special Master Rupa Bhattacharyya oversaw the program for 6 years, instigating many improvements in service during her tenure.

The search for a permanent Special Master is currently underway.

No disruption in VCF claim review or awards are expected during the change in leadership.

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USS Arlington Sailors and Marines participate in Arctic Circle ceremony

The crew of USS Arlington and Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit became members of the Order of the Blue Nose, a Naval tradition, on April 22, 2022, reports the ship’s Petty Officer 1st Class John Bellino.

Sailing into the Arctic Circle brings ships’ crews into the realm of King of the North Boreas Rex. They must pass a series of challenges before earning the title of Blue Nose and entering the Order, in longstanding Naval tradition.

“It was a privilege to participate in a time honored Navy tradition as fun and unique as the ‘Blue Nose’ ceremony,” said Cpl. Henry Rodriguez, attached to the 22nd MEU. “This is something I’ll never forget from my time aboard the Arlington.”

USS Arlington (LPD 24) honors the 184 people killed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks who were aboard Flight 77 or in the Pentagon. Arlington’s crew recently completed exercises off the coast of Iceland, as part of their deployment with Task Force 61/2.

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