Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.
A heartwarming story of a returning war veteran and his struggles to re-integrate into normal society after suffering traumatic brain injury and severe PTSD . . . I learned so much about service dogs, which until now I thought were only for sight or hearing impaired people. The story of Captain Montalvan and Tuesday is at times a hard one to listen to. But it is one of healing and progress. Being the mother of two Iraqi war veterans, it helps to hear from a first hand point of view what these brave young men have endured . . . and survived.
This book is about love, patience, and devotion between two living things. I laughed, cried, and it touched my heart every step along the way. Thank you Luis for exposing your pain and accomplishments so people like me can appreciate the true sacrifice of our soldiers. The love of our four footed companions is like no other. The devotion of a service dog really just blows my mind!
There is no one who could have read this better than the author, Luis Carlos Montalvan. It was part war memoir, part a tale of triumph over adversity, part love story. I read this while doing research for an article on support dogs for veterans and it vastly exceeded my expectations. As an obsessed dog mom, I felt both jealous and inspired by the relationship between Luis and Tuesday. This is one of the best books I've read in the last year, likely longer.
I enjoyed this book very much. It started a bit slow for me....but took no time to really see where it was going. The author did a fantastic job of telling his story...and that of Tuesday. I have had many dogs and 3 which are goldens and understood Tuesday's pain, loyalty, and dedication. Luis went thru hell and back and persevered. I admire his grit....It also re-opened my eyes to the fragility of what war is and what it is not....I liked Luis's honesty about the war and its effect on our soldiers and the lack of compassion that can exist in our society. It certainly made me look at things differently, and I don't think I would have without reading this book. It will stay with me for a very long time. A beautiful story and well worth the read/listen.
oh yes! it was that awesome!
i'm a dog lover - as well as disabled. this story shows the truth on so many levels: being disabled, ptsd, what is happening to soldiers, the VA and the love/connection a man can have with service dogs...and also how society reacts to such
yes, laughed, cried and everything in between!
whew! amazing account of the iraq war from one man's POV, and the outcome of his own life in the aftermath...ptsd, debilitating disabilities and Tuesday - a dog who gave Luis his life back. in this story, we as civilians will see the war [and the VA] in a whole new light...and some info will piss you off. the author also reads it, so i loved it! great book!
Until Tuesday isn't just a sweet dog story, nor a touching hero story. Although it is absolutely both of those things. I came closer to understanding life in the grips of war better through this book, than living it through any movie or other narrative. It woke me up to the true grit and believe in mission living in the hearts of our men and women overseas. Capt. Montalván tells his story with such care and detail, it becomes profound. I didn't even really want to hear about the heroics of war; yet, the tale was too captivating to ignore. All I can say is "wow." He taught me about PTSD with a depth that was again amazingly illuminating. Not just, oh yea, psychologically freaked out. You learn what it really is. It's amazing. At the same time, don't think it is depressing. Nope, because there is Tuesday! A service dog you will wish you knew. There is light and hope. This honest portrayal now impacts how I view anyone with pain or disabilities, not only PTSD. I became a better person after reading this book.
Imagine - all of this wrapped up in a story that you don't want to stop! All of this surrounding the story of a dog you want to pet, hug, or snuggle - depending on the dog lover in you.
I think any service man or woman, back from war, would find a friend in this book.
This is the perfect gift book. That is if the receiver will only open the pages and join these two on a very honest and amazing journey of crisis, healing and love. It's not for sissies though! Pick it up and go on a great adventure.
And if you don't want your heart to open or your awareness to grow - just read it anyway. You will fall in love with Tuesday!
Note that Luis Carlos Montalván has a full schedule of in person appearances - even as I write in 2014. If you google him you can find the events and meet these two heroes in person after you've read their story! I certainly go plan to shake his hand! Perhaps you can get those gift books autographed!
Mr. Montlvan should have told the truth about the VA. He trashes the very people who determined medically what his condition was. If he is like the other veterans that I work with every day, he is getting a pension, free meds and probably his education was paid for by the VA.
I once ask a vet why he had such a cute king charles cavalier spaniel that he was calling his service dog--he looked me straight in the eye and said the dog is a chick magnet.
I think that is exactly what Mr. Montalvan uses Tuesday for--to attract attention. I am not saying that service dogs are not of benefit to veterans and that the wounded warrior program is not a great program that benefits the veterans--I am only saying that Tuesday is in the role of attention getter which is what Mr. Montalvan is really wanting.
nothing by this author
Mr. Montalvan could have reserved his bitterness about the US government, after all he never said he turned down the VA benefits promised to the armed service members for serving our country--if he is so all fired happy about being a cuban then return the VA benefits and go back to Cuba.
Yes, Richard Pimentolo did not work so hard on the ADA for veterans to have a whiner like this author complaining. America Mr. Montalvan love it or leave--but if you go leave Tuesday he is the best part of your story!
This is the worst bunch of lies I have ever read--If you folk want to find out about real service dogs--talk to Freedom Service dogs in Colorado--they will show you how and why service dogs are needed by the veterans-and trust me they won't complain while doing it!
I learn more when I listen to audiobooks and I can chew through a lot more books this way! Audiobooks are also a lot easier with a TBI
Yes I would recommend the audio version over the print version. I look for books that are narrated by the author and I feel like his performance made this book even better!
This book has a lot of valuable information about the conflict in the middle east and the difficulties that the returning veteran's are facing- the quality of information that is not available in any newspaper.
But more than that this book was totally riveting and made me want to cry at every turn. This is also the kind of book that inspires me both to look into all the key issues mentioned and to take action where I can.
I know this book to some serious courage to write and I'm really grateful that it is available to anyone and I think that it has an even bigger impact in this format as read by the author- it's a must get!
Dog helps veteran
At one point, Luis could not get Tuesday to obey while at a demonstration of the dogs' abilities. He then knelt down and put his forehead to Tuesday's and they stayed there until they were both calm. That was so touching, and a moment that I won't forget.
This book really helps you to understand Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and its effects. I was not aware that hypervigilance was one of the symptoms, and I had never thought of the aftereffects on a person with PTSD of little incidents that other people shrug off. This is a very informative book in an easy to listen to format. Luis really loves his dog.