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Iraq veteran will share how dog saved him

Luis Montalván, who wrote 'Until Tuesday,' to speak at Lodi Library

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Posted: Thursday, May 17, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:55 am, Thu May 17, 2012.

When Luis Montalván returned from Iraq, he found himself secluded and constantly on alert in an apartment in Manhattan.

While walking down the street, he looked at a discarded soda can as a potential bomb. At night, he suffered from frequent nightmares.

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  • Elaine Gray posted at 11:19 am on Thu, May 17, 2012.

    Janelle Posts: 3

    First of all, please excuse my English. I always wanted to write, but had never had confidence because I am deaf. This story reminds me of what I have. I am truly sorry about soldiers who have PTSD. I could understand his situation. I would like to say few things. I rescued a dog last year and he saved my life. I am so happy now. I am not alone or do not walk alone. I believe soldiers are always occupied.... like the deaf residents lived together at school and suddenly we felt abandoned and lonely when we graduated and went home. It was hard to live in this world.... I believe all of a sudden the soldiers feel alone and look lost when they come home. The soldiers deserve a job, home, and stable family. If that does not meet his needs, a dog may fill his void. The dog will always occupy him. I am so happy for Luis and Tuesday. I wish I could go and listen to his story. It is not possible to get a signing interpreter in one day.

     
  • Kim Parigoris posted at 10:00 am on Thu, May 17, 2012.

    Kim Parigoris Posts: 470

    I have met a few soldiers from Iraq that have severe injuries and severe PTSD and it amazes me that a large part of their issues are sometimes with Survivors Guilt Syndrome. These people have suffered unfathomable horrors and fear, and yet their first concern is that they have let someone down. There does need to be more care available, but you would not believe the number of vets who will not get care because it is a sign of weakness. The VA did a huge outreach a couple years ago to get these vets in and I hope it was successful. We, as a nation- not just our government- need to learn from the Vietnam era, which I grew up in. The reception that our military got when they came home was heart wrenching to witness, and I hope we have learned from it. We need to support and welcome our soldiers home with open arms and give so much more respect for them now and I do not see us doing that as a nation. Iraq and Afghanistan have turned in to forgotten wars as far as I can see, from our mainstream media. If anyone wants to get involved in welcoming home events, and/or burial ceremonies please contact Patriot Guard Riders at www.patriotride.org. You do not need to be a vet, or even own a motorcycle to become a member and particiapte.. This organization is phenomenal.

     
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