Former Army Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván served this country for 17 years, including multiple combat tours. He was decorated with two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor and the Combat Action Badge, among other awards for combat and military service.
In 2011, Luis and Tuesday’s moving memoir was released titled “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him”. It is a New York Times Best Seller and has won many awards. From issues relating to service members, veterans and their families to those pertaining to Americans with disabilities, Luis is a vocal public advocate. Luis and Tuesday frequently lecture about books and articles they’ve written and have been touring in 2012 and 2013. A major motion picture about their journey is presently in production.Luis’s website quotes him as saying, “We aren’t just service dog and master; Tuesday and I are also best friends. Kindred souls. Brothers. Whatever you want to call it. We weren’t made for each other, but we turned out to be exactly what the other needed.”
“Until Tuesday” chronicles Luis’s problems upon returning home from two tours in Iraq, suffering from physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder. (PTSD). Alienated and alone, in pain and unable to sleep, he wondered if he would ever recover.
Then Luis met Tuesday, a Golden Retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived with prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, turning on lights, opening doors and sensing the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. Because of a unique training situation and sensitive nature, Tuesday found it difficult to trust in or connect with anyone until Luis came along.
Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It’s a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it’s a story about the love between a man and his dog and how together they healed each other’s souls. The Until Tuesday website is here.
Luis and Tuesday will be the special guests at the AMOH Kick-off Event on Veteran’s Day, November 11th.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Event begins at 7:00 p.m.
Bay Pointe Community Church, 6880 Secor Rd. in Traverse City
Register online at www.amoh.us.
Adults are $12, children under 12 are $6.
Registration closes November 10, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.
Admission at the door is $15 for adults and $8 for kids.
AMOH (A Matter of Honor) is a Traverse City based non-profit organization formed for the purpose of educating the American public about PTSD as it relates to military service. Their mission is to create a pathway to bring hearts home by opening to new ideas and uniting our efforts to better the lives of those affected by military PTSD. AMOH is the most prevalent voice and the leading resource in the education of Americans regarding PTSD. It serves to inform the nation about the genesis and nature of the symptoms, the scope and breadth of the impact on our society and the evolving and innovative treatment methodologies and prevention strategies. AMOH is committed to the concept that an informed America will forge new paths to healthier outcomes for our warriors and our nation.
AMOH was formed by NMC Instructor and retired Lt. Col. Linda Fletcher along with more than a dozen students from a local college extension class in April of 2013. After taking two classes with Fletcher, the students decided they wanted to do more and continue on with the topic. They wanted to educate the public on what happens when soldiers return home with PTSD and what kind of assistance is available to them. They’d like Traverse City to be a national center for education, advocacy and conferences. They intend to hold lectures, have more classes, make documentary films and much more.
AMOH hopes this event lets people know about the option of a soldier having a service dog to help them with PTSD.