Letter From Our Founder & CEO
MoAB (Mother of America’s Battalion)
Since the loss of my son I have been, “Fighting For Those Who Fought For Us”. I began with the LCpl Lutz PTSD Awareness Ride on the 1 year anniversary of his death and since have created a multi-faceted foundation with an ever growing safety net for our Military and First Responders. Lutz Buddy Up connects Military and First Responders on a local level providing the peer to peer comradery that is lost after service. I’m also developing a lifesaving Lutz Buddy Up Mobile App which is going to further connect this community and save lives.
A big part of suicide prevention is getting our Military and First Responders to Buddy Up on a local level and this is why I created Lutz Buddy Up Social Clubs. So often when our military are done with their service they return home and don’t have anyone that they can connect with. War changes a person and only a Warfighter can understand another Warfighter. It is this connection that relieves their pressure. As such, First Responders share common bonds of service and sacrifice with our Military. Lutz Buddy Up Social Clubs are for this reason to Connect Military and First Responders, they Recognize they need each other and Live To Tell.
With more than 150,000 veteran suicides, and the rising suicide rate of first responders, something needs to change NOW! I know now that I must share what I have learned from losing a life that was most precious to me with others to prevent additional unnecessary losses. Families need to be aware of the triggers and warning signs of PTS so that they can better support their loved ones. We need to move swiftly and implement Lutz Buddy Up Social Clubs in every community across America. Won’t you help open up one in your area? I truly believe with all that I am that we can stop this epidemic but I can’t do it alone.
Together We Will.~MoAB