Friday, December 9, 2016

Iraq Veteran Luis Carlos Montalvan Left "Tuesday" Behind

Sad ending for Iraq War vet who shed light on PTSD
CBS Evening News
Chip Reid
December 8, 2016
The cause of death has not yet been determined. But one thing is for sure -- nobody will miss him more than his best friend -- Tuesday.
For many who’ve been through war, the battles continue long after the guns go silent.

Through the years, we’ve come to know a veteran who owed his life to his best friend.

Luis Carlos Montalvan and Tuesday, his Golden Retriever service dog, have been inseparable for the past eight years.

Before they met, Army Captain Montalvan did two tours in Iraq, earning a Purple Heart and two Bronze Stars. But he returned broken in body and spirit -- a severe case of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder left him terrified to leave home.

“Drinking heavily to deal with physical and psychological issues,” he explained.

That all changed when he and Tuesday became partners, as he later told David Letterman.

“He brightens my days and he calms my nights,” Montalvan said on the Letterman show.
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