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The Salvation Army – Compassion Under Fire – Response to September 11, 2001 Attacks

The Salvation Army was the first relief agency to reach Ground Zero on that fateful day, reporting within a half-hour following the first plane crash at the World Trade Center.  Additionally, Salvation Army personnel played important roles in response activities at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  More than 39,000 Salvation Army officers, volunteers and staff served 3.2 million meals at the World Trade Center site during the months that followed, leaving only when operations at Ground Zero officially concluded in May 2002.

In the course of the relief effort, dubbed “Operation Compassion Under Fire,” The Salvation Army was granted full control of the feeding operation at Ground Zero and also distributed other essential items to relief workers.  Most importantly, Salvation Army personnel were able to provide emotional and spiritual counseling and support to thousands of rescue- and recovery-personnel.  In total, $90 million was spent serving first responders, survivors and affected families through food, hydration, supplies, clothing, grief counseling, financial assistance, FEMA filing assistance, housing and utilities assistance, and other crucial social service programs.  Click here to watch a video to learn more about The Salvation Army’s role at Ground Zero. 

At the end of 2001, The Salvation Army created the World Trade Center Recovery Program, a long-term recovery program providing intensive case management to people who had lost family members, their homes and/or their jobs.  This program lasted until the fall of 2006.

The Salvation Army remembers and honors those who died so tragically and those who served so bravely on September 11, 2001.  We will never forget!

We will never forget. God bless the USA!

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