My overall feeling for this book is bittersweet ...or sweet and sour. The times that Luis is talking about his war experiences, his life after Iraq, and all the political portions are all pretty bitter...for him and the listener too. The times he is talking about Tuesday are all very redemptive and sweet. Both portions are interesting but the experiences with Tuesday are what really keeps you going. It is almost a vicarious experience of the PTSD Luis experiences. You feel like you want to cut your throat at some points in the book and other times you just want to cry and hug Tuesday for being such a great dog. I guess what I am trying to say is that this book will really pull you in to Captan Montalvan's world, both the good and bad. In the end it is a real roller-coaster with the ups and downs but it is definitely a worthwhile journey.
It was disjointed and hard to follow. Jumped around in terms of time frames. I kept waiting for it to end. Never finished it. It became too tedious and repetitious.
The premise of the story is nice. It just went on and on and on saying basically the same thing. I stopped listening a couple hours before it was finished and I never do that.
What a great book and an amazing pair. Thank you for telling your story, for what you do and have done and for your selfless service to our Country!
Amazing, insightful, inspiring, two stories in one! A disabled veteran and his broken service dog journey back to stability together.
This is an honest picture of what many of our veterans deal with and why. The most recent vets have a whole different experience in today's war. The general population can be so cruel in their ignorance of what happens to the human human body during stress. Well explained here as hyper-vigilant response, unrelieved stress truly does change the brain. In addition, Luis suffered physical injury and did not receive proper diagnosis and care while still serving. The VA further neglected proper care later for a number of reasons. Tragic and sad, our veterans suffer beyond war.
This author read book makes it even more personal knowing you are hearing his own account. Thank you Luis for your Service and vulnerability. You are a mighty man!
There was mention in the book about the validity of his work. I find this criticism both disturbing and sad. First, when something is written from memory it is subject to the views of that person. It is their version of what happened, that neither makes it 100% true nor partially false, it is their truth. What possible difference can it make when the end result is a good story, with a good moral and a sound message? It has inspired me to up my donation to freedom dogs here in Colorado.
I did not read the print version
So many I can't pick just one.
Very genuine and moving.
Dog saves man
I just loved this book. Helped me understand just what is meant by PTSD. I was also glad to hear of the support he received from Wounded Warriors, which is a charity I support.
I decided to try this book after seeing it on the news. I only listened and hour and half and I am returning it. Not worth the time. Very hard to follow
I am and have been humbled by both veterans and service dogs. This combination brought me to tears. The inadequate care we provide to veterans makes me weep for this country, the life they give and give up. Luis gave his life for us and we treat the life he gave so poorly. With Tuesday by his side he can begin to heal. Thank you Luis for giving your life for us and for sharing your story. May we, as citizens, do more to show our gratitude and help the healing process.
This is the story of a disabled veteran rebuilding his life with the help of his service dog, Tuesday. Any dog lover will find much of it heartwarming as his relationship with the dog develops and strengthens, helping him to overcome the crippling anxiety brought on by PTSD. The description of daily life with PTSD, the struggle to get treatment within the VA, and the burden of facing the constant illegal restrictions of the service dog were heartbreaking. The author has done a great service in describing these problems and raising them up in the public consciousness. I find myself worrying about him and Tuesday, who is 10 years old now and should be retiring soon. I hope they are doing well.