22+ Veterans are losing their lives as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress every day. More are lost here at home than on the battlefield and the worst part is that it is preventable. Every day here at the LCpl Janos V Lutz Live To Tell Foundation, Inc. we are posed with the question “Well, what can I do to help?” Our immediate reply is “Spread the word!” Some pass out flyers, others share our post on social media, and then there is Tom Von Kaenel with Sea2Sea Inc.
Tom is riding 6600 miles from South Carolina down to the Florida Keys, and all the back up to Alaska to raise awareness for fallen servicemen & women. His Florida trail has been dedicated to raising awareness to those lost from Post-Traumatic Stress and what can be done to prevent this epidemic from spreading. The Lutz Live To Tell Foundation had the pleasure of trailing Tom from St. Augustine, FL to Davie, Fl where he was met with a welcome reception courtesy of the Mayor Judy Paul & the Town of Davie, FL.
Here Tom performed a wonderfully moving Remember, Recognize, & Rejoice Ceremony. Local media outlets covering the event were so impressed by Tom’s ceremony that they published the cover story & photos less than 2 hours after the event. Immediately following the Davie reception Tom was whisked away to the Florida Panther’s game where he was requested by Rick Case Automotive to be honored on the ice for the work he is doing across the nation. Everyone that has met Tom and learned of his 2014 challenge have wanted nothing more but to help and contribute to his cause.
The local Leathernecks motorcycle chapter attended the Davie reception and just had to be involved. They are going to be making contact with Tom across the nation in various cities to help where needed. What shocked people the most is that Tom does not take any money for his awareness campaign. Facial expressions tuned to admiration as he said that he just welcomes a hot meal and a place to sleep. Which in turn inspired those listening to want to help more.
That night and well into the next morning the Lutz Live To Tell Foundation’s social media sites were on fire with excitement. Tom & Sea2Sea have provided the opportunity to spread the word about the LCpl Janos V Lutz Live To Tell Foundation’s efforts to turn Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) into Post-Traumatic Growth in order to save our veteran’s lives.
Our Lutz Live To Tell Buddy Up program is offered for FREE on our website www.LCplLutzLiveToTell.org and provides an outline on how to locate and pair up veterans in your local community so that they can have each other’s backs here at home like they did on the battlefield. Included, is a family system that assist family members in dealing with returning veterans managing their PTS.
The Lutz Live To Tell Foundation is honored to have met and worked with Tom & Sea2Sea these past few days. We encourage everyone to follow Tom for the next few months as he travels across the nation up to Alaska. We look forward to seeing where he will set his next anchor and the amazing feats he will reach.
Good Travels Tom & don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything!