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Until Tuesday: A Veteran and His Service Dog

Monday, May 02, 2011

Luis Carlos Montalvan, 17-year veteran and former captain in the U.S. Army, where he earned the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart, talks about the service dog who helped him recover from injuries he received in combat. Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him is an account of his experience.

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Luis Carlos Montalvan
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Comments [6]

joanzapiler

I believe that most civilians have no idea
what PTDS is--I am having my book club
read this book and I think most high school
students should also have to read it
Unbelieveable what our service men and
women go through in war

Jun. 07 2011 11:14 PM
Erik

Although a compelling story, it appears that according to the Associated Press, Mr. Montalvan is a fraud.

If AP is wrong, there needs to be a correction to the record (Apolgies if I missed it) . If they are correct, WNYC should take this I/V off the web.

An Iraq Vet, His Dog and an Unraveling War Story: (GAWKER) --- Luis Carlos
Montalván returned from the Iraq war and launched a media career — he's
attending Columbia's J-School — based on a battle tale that made him a
poster boy for PTSD. Now an AP reporter thinks he's a fraud.
http://gawker.com/#!5463502/an-iraq-vet-his-dog-and-an-unraveling-war-story

May. 06 2011 09:33 AM
Jim White from Pittsburgh, Pa.

three of my RVN era vets are here listening to your report. Each of us had a journey as we reflected the timeline from discharge to homelessness vet or worse was nine years. Today its half the time. Capt Luis & Tuesday, your voice, spirit and advocacy are so welcomed in Pittsburgh, Pa..and beyond...Thank you Mr.Lopate for having "Untill Tuesday" on your show...advocacy has turned the page for the better. I may have PTSD, BUT that is NOT who I' am..im just a guy who served and volunteers in my community with my vet buddies all..it is a small way to deal with the issue we have come to believe.. vr jim- vets -(WQED supporter in the Burgh)

May. 02 2011 04:52 PM
mike stanley

Re Montalvan, Outward Bound USA has been putting Iraq vets on OB courses with life changing results. Will Luis Carlos Montalvan join a patrol of vets?

May. 02 2011 02:07 PM
Pamela from Brooklyn, NY

I'd like to introduce you to Pets 2 Vets, a DC- based organization, which recently launched in NYC. P2V is dedicated to alleviating the suffering of Veterans afflicted with PTSD.

There's a fast-growing body of evidence on the healing power of a pet. Owning a dog (or cat) can be life-saving. P2V NYC facilitates the adoption of shelter pets for our nation's heroes who are battling the debilitating psychological aftermath of war. We're saving the pet's life and helping the human heal.

Any New York area Veterans who are interested in adopting a free pet, please contact me. pamela.miller-macias@pets2vets.org. 917-656-1860.

P2V was founded by Dave Sharpe in October 2009. After serving in the U.S. Air Force Security Forces in Pakistan, Sharpe became violent towards family, friends and himself. He suffered from cold sweats, random crying, and uncontrollable outbursts. Eventually, he was diagnosed with PTSD. One day, Sharpe adopted a pit bull puppy, Cheyenne. It wasn’t long before Cheyenne witnessed one of Dave’s violent outbursts. He was punching a wall when he noticed his puppy watching him, wagging her tail. Sharpe froze, picked her up and wept. He told Cheyenne all he’d endured – things he’d never been able to share with anyone. Immediately, Dave felt the relief; he says “it was like a 10,000-pound weight had been lifted off my chest.” Soon after, Dave’s family and friends noticed a significant change in his behavior – fewer outbursts, a better attitude. “Cheyenne,” he says, “is my savior.”

Please check out our website, p2v.org, the testimonials are inspiring.

May. 02 2011 01:52 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Former Capt. Montalvan: thank you for your service, and for shedding light on both the not well-known, nor well-observed ADA, and the overall needs of those who use service dogs and other means to cope with handicaps due to injuries or disease. More must be done to help public transport, police and the public in general to show respect and support to those with handicaps.

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May. 02 2011 01:51 PM

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