Vito and I very much enjoyed meeting Alessandro Gisotti, Italian journalist, author and Vatican Radio editor. Alessandro came to New York in February to interview Vito, myself, and others for his upcoming book, "9/11. An Enduring Story." Gisotti's first book was published last year, God and Obama: Faith and Politics at the White House.
We met Alessandro downtown, not far from Ground Zero, at St. Peter's Church, and then went to a local coffee shop for an engaging conversation. He had found out about my documentary, VITO AFTER, online and wanted to include a chapter about Vito in his book. Alessandro was very interested in learning more about how Vito is coping in the aftermath of his 9/11 rescue and recovery work.
Later, Alessandro and I met with Michael Arcari, executive director of Faithful Response, and one of their therapists, Janice Cilento. Faithful Response provides mental health services to New York metro area residents still struggling with mental health, emotional or family issues caused by 9/11 and related events, including the Global War on Terrorism.
Arcari and Cilento talked about the status of too many responders who are still coping with Post Traumatic Stress, and the ripple effect of this very sad situation on their families and communities. I learned a lot more about PTSD from listening to their conversation, and was saddened to be reminded that so many people are still suffering terribly from their 9/11 experiences.
I want to thank Alessandro for his fervid interest in these vital issues, which have not gotten enough exposure in the media, and for including it in his book. Alessandro: It was a real pleasure meeting you, and I wish you all the best for much success with your project, and Vito and I look forward to seeing you again when you come to New York!