Until Tuesday

Until Tuesday

by Luis Carlos Montalvan and Brett Witter

Overview: "We aren't just service dog and master; Tuesday and I are also best friends. Kindred souls. Brothers. Whatever you want to call it. We weren't made for each other, but we turned out to be exactly what the other needed."

A highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army, Luis Montalván never backed down from a challenge during his two tours of duty in Iraq. After returning home from combat, however, the pressures of his physical wounds, traumatic brain injury, and crippling post-traumatic stress disorder began to take their toll. Haunted by the war and in constant physical pain, he soon found himself unable to climb a simple flight of stairs or face a bus ride to the VA hospital. He drank; he argued; ultimately, he cut himself off from those he loved. Alienated and alone, unable to sleep or bend over without pain, he began to wonder if he would ever recover.

Then Luis met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived amongst prisoners and at a home for troubled boys, blessing many lives; he could turn on lights, open doors, and sense the onset of anxiety and flashbacks. But because of a unique training situation and sensitive nature, he found it difficult to trust in or connect with a human being-until Luis.

Until Tuesday is the story of how two wounded warriors, who had given so much and suffered the consequences, found salvation in each other. It is a story about war and peace, injury and recovery, psychological wounds and spiritual restoration. But more than that, it is a story about the love between a man and dog, and how together they healed each other's souls.

Judy Stanton (10/18/16): Until Tuesday is an eye-opening and heartwarming book about a Cuban American who served as a Captain in Iraq and suffered a brain injury, back injury and severe post traumatic stress syndrome. His life was saved by a golden retriever named Tuesday, a service dog who became Luis Carlos Motalvan's closest friend. It is heartwarming to see the bond built between man and dog and to learn how this trained animal can sense his master's distress and amazingly calm him. Tuesday gave Luis the confidence he needed to move on with his life. But it was equally as interesting to learn about Luis' experiences in Iraq and about his post-war life. It was so sad to see the way so many veterans are treated at home after expereincing the awful conditions of war. For all his issues with his family, his pain, trauma and loneliness, he still considered himself lucky as compared to other soldiers who had no support, who committed suicide or who could never feel comfortable living like a civilian. A worthwhile read, for sure.
Rating: ****

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