Goodwill launches 'Lutz Buddy Up' program

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SRQ DAILY SATURDAY PERSPECTIVES EDITION SATURDAY JUN 8, 2019

In response to a troubling upswing in suicides among veterans, Goodwill Manasota’s Veterans Task Force has taken on mental health as a critical area of focus. In May the organization launced The Lutz Buddy Up social club, through which military veterans can network, form bonds, and talk about their experiences. The Buddy Up program was founded in 2014 by Janine Lutz in honor of her son, Janos V. Lutz, a Lance Corporal in the U.S. Marines who served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, who she lost to suicide due to the detrimental effects of PTSD and over-prescribed medication. The club,which will be expanded to include first responders in the futur,  will meet once monthly and the next gathering will take place on Wednesday, June 12 at 6pm at the Veterans Services Program office (8490 Lockwood Ridge Rd., Sarasota)

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