This video was filmed in Denver, Colorado at the 2011 Honor Awards Banquet held by the Invisible Disabilities Association. Luis and Tuesday were the Keynote Speakers for the evening. Luis was also the first to receive the Invisible Disabilities Association’s Invisible Hero Award.
Luis Carlos Montalván is a 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. Luis is the author of “Until Tuesday” which debuted 18 on the New York Times Best Seller List for Hardcover Nonfiction Books and remained on the list for 5 weeks. A movie, based on the book, is due to release in 2012.
Luis shares his amazing story of the “war after the war” with invisible disabilities, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and how his service dog, Tuesday, has given him hope and healing. Before Tuesday came into Luis’ life, he was overwhelmed by his debilitating injuries, memories and could barely leave the house due to Agoraphobia. Tuesday assists Luis with his balance, retrieves things off of the floor, reminds him to take his medications, wakes him up when he is having flashbacks, gets Luis out of the house, gives him the unconditional love we all need to give us strength and much more. Read more about Luis and Tuesday!
Also in this video: Master of Ceremonies, Rick Crandall – The Breakfast Club Host – KEZW 1430 Radio and Wayne Connell, Founder & President of the Invisible Disabilities Association
UPDATE 2016: We are saddened by the death of former Army Captain, Luis Carlos Montalván (Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him). Luis passed away on 12/2/16.
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2011 Invisible Hero Award – Luis Carlos Montalván
Luis Carlos Montalván Official Website
Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and theGolden Retriever Who Saved Him