OUR MISSION: To improve the lives of Military and First Responders with supportive services, access to local resources, and building community.
OUR VISION: All veterans have the opportunity to successfully reintegrate into civilian life and all Military and First Responders maintain healthy productive lives.
OUR MOTTO: We the People Must “Fight For Those Who Fought For Us!”
TAG LINE: Lutz Buddy Up “Connecting Those Who Serve Country and Community!”
FOUNDATION OVERVIEW: The LCpl Janos V Lutz Live To Tell, Foundation, Inc. is a multifaceted 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in South Florida which exists to support Military and First Responders. Originally founded to decrease veteran suicide as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD) by raising awareness and providing support for returning veterans the foundation’s mission has since evolved and expanded. Through programs and services provided directly and through partnerships with organizations nation-wide, the foundation actively works to achieve it’s mission and vision. The core program, Lutz Buddy Up, has been approved as a Health resource in the National Resource Directory by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense’s eBenefits in addition to being recognized as a best practice for personnel support at local law enforcement and fire departments. While much success has been achieved there is still more work to be done. The Live To Tell Foundation’s strategic plan includes expanding the number of Lutz Buddy Ups across the country, targeted training, and community building.
LUTZ BUDDY UP
A Lutz Buddy up is a social club that connects military and first responders for an evening of food, fun and comradery. Lutz Buddy Up provides a physical place where those who serve country and community form bonds that can carry forward for the rest of their lives. Here, peer support, community building, and overall well-being are promoted. Currently operating in Davie and Tampa, FL, we are looking to expand to other locations nationwide.
**COMING SOON** Lutz Buddy Up Mobile App – Utilizing cutting edge technology and developed by military veteran programmers with features added based on feedback from Lutz Buddy Up member focus groups, this app is unlike anything currently on the market. Military and first responders will be able to access the app for free on IOS & Android platforms. With an anticipated launch date of mid-2017, servicemen and women across the nation can connect with each other and provide a self-sustaining support system available 24/7. Built-in features allow users to securely contact each other, find local events, reconnect with battle buddies, reach out at times of distress confidentially using a coded alert system and much more. Full details will be revealed closer to the release date. We are currently fundraising to reach a goal of $100k for the app development.
Social Media Support Group – A Buddy Up Members Only Facebook group is available, providing virtual peer to peer support 24/7. Members have constant online access to each other for support and encouragement.
STRENGTHENING SAFETY NET:
Vet Connect – This initiative is designed to be part of a comprehensive approach to improve veteran mental health outcomes and help communities prioritize resources to have the greatest impact on public safety. Created as a gateway for veterans into trusted community services, Vet-Connect builds a bridge between law enforcement/first responders, veterans, and local resources.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is available for Lutz Buddy Up Davie members provided by U.S. Southern Command. ASIST is a two-day workshop designed for family, friends, and other community members who may be the first to talk with a person at risk, but have little or no training. The emphasis is on teaching suicide first-aid to help a person at risk stay safe and seek further help as needed. Participants learn to use a suicide intervention model to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, seek a shared understanding of reasons for dying and living, develop a safe-plan based upon a review of risk, be prepared to do follow-up, and become involved in suicide-safer community networks.
ADVOCACY & AWARENESS:
#IwasLutz– Providing a voice for veterans, advocating for VA reform and implementing solutions for real-life matters.
Together We Will – The Live To Tell Foundation participates in and facilitates various community oriented activities and events throughout the year. Members from Lutz Buddy Ups volunteer at these events and work to build safe and supportive communities.
LCpl Janos V Lutz Live To Tell Ride: Honoring the Fallen & Riding to change the Ripple Effect-This annual motorcycle ride reminds us of all the lives lost to suicide and how we the people can help stop this epidemic. The ride draws thousands of participants from around the country, vendors, local dignitaries, and media attention to spread awareness about military Post-Traumatic Growth (PTG). It also kicks off the year-long “Together We Will” campaign where we as a community work together to support our servicemen and women.
LCpl Janos V Lutz PTS Memorial Wall – The only mobile PTS memorial wall in the country is displayed at various locations throughout the year to bring honor to those lost to suicide and bring awareness to the epidemic. A virtual version of the wall is view-able on the Live To Tell website including pictures and biographies submitted by families from all over the nation to honor and remember their loved ones.
The foundation’s ultimate goal is to save lives while building community and the best way to achieve this is through awareness, services, and support from You!