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LUIS CARLOS MONTALVÁN is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author, speaker and advocate. TUESDAY is Montalván's beloved service dog and the recipient of the 2013 American Kennel Club (AKC) Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence (ACE) - Service Dog.

From issues relating to service members, veterans, and their families to those pertaining to Americans with disabilities, Capt. Montalván and Tuesday are vocal public advocates. Luis's written work has been featured in numerous publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and Military Review. He and Tuesday regularly appear on local, national and global media.

Among the outlets on which he and Tuesday have been featured are NPR, CNN, CSPAN, National Geographic and The Late Show with David Letterman.

In January 2013, Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him hit the New York Times Bestseller List for the third time in three consecutive years. In 2012, the inspirational memoir earned the USA Best Book Award in the Autobiography/Memoir and Audiobook Non-fiction categories and was an International Latino Book Award finalist. Also in 2012, for narration of Until Tuesday, Montalván was a finalist for an APA Audie Award beside four other nominees including Tina Fey and Michael Moore. Luis is also the recipient of a 2011 Voice Award and the 2011 Invisible Hero Honors Award (IDA) for his efforts to educate the public about trauma and the real experiences of veterans and people with disabilities.

On September 11, 2007, Capt. Montalván honorably departed the U.S. Army after 17 years of military service. Before joining the officer corps in 2003, Montalván spent over a decade as a communications specialist, military police officer and infantryman in the enlisted ranks, having joined the Army in 1990.

In addition to his years in Iraq, which earned him two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge, among other awards for meritorious service and valor, Montalván has mentored and trained officers at Fort Benning and served on policy development teams in Washington, D.C.

After personally witnessing the tragic attack on the Pentagon on September 11, Luis volunteered to perform security missions around the D.C. metropolitan area. By then, he was enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, College Park. At the latter, he contributed to the founding of the college's first Army ROTC program since WWII.

In 2003, after graduating from college and completing the Armor Officer Basic Course (with Honors) at Ft. Knox, KY, Montalván deployed to Iraq as a member of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment (3d ACR). Luis served as a Tank and Scout Platoon Leader from September 2003 to April 2004 in the western Al Anbar Province. He was responsible for securing and developing the Al Waleed port-of-entry (POE), one of the largest border crossings in Iraq, in addition to patrolling the vast Iraqi desert along the strategically important Syrian border.

In March 2005, he deployed to Iraq again with the 3d ACR and served there until March 2006. During his second tour, he worked in a myriad of assignments including leading a Military Transition Team (MiTT) in the volatile Mahmudiyah, Yusufiyah, and Latifiyah areas of South Baghdad during "Operation Squeeze Play," the largest combined operation since the beginning of the Iraq War. As new coalition units moved into the South Baghdad region, Montalván and his MiTT rejoined the 3d ACR in western Ninevah Province where he was assigned as the Regimental Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) Operations Coordinator. During August and September 2005, "Operating Restoring Rights," a successful "clear and hold" effort in the city of Tal Afar, Luis established and developed the Joint Coordination Centers for the western Ninevah Province. Subsequent to the initial battle, he was responsible for coordinating ISF development along the Syrian-Iraqi border. Promoted to Captain, he was assigned as the Regimental Adjutant for the 3d ACR.

Later in 2006, he was assigned to Ft. Benning, Georgia, to train and mentor newly commissioned officers at the Basic Officer Leadership Course II (BOLC II) as well as coordinate resources and administration for the 1-11th Infantry Regiment. In 2007, he was invited to participate in the American Enterprise Institute's (AEI) Iraq Planning Group (IPG) where he contributed to the development of new national strategic policy.

Luis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City. His military education includes the Armor Officer Basic Course, Airborne, Air Assault, and Pathfinder Courses.

In addition to his decorations for service in Iraq, Luis was awarded the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. He is a qualified military parachutist and has conducted airborne jumps with the Czech, Thai, and Slovak armies.

Luis is presently a graduate student at Columbia University working on a second Master of Science degree in Narrative Medicine. He is a member of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA), a former Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) -- Brooklyn Chapter #405, and an active member of several veterans' service organizations (VSOs).

A major motion picture, based on Until Tuesday, is currently in development, and an independent documentary, titled "Buried Above Ground," is in post-production scheduled for release in 2014.

On May 27, 2014, Luis' first children's book, Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog (MacMillan Press), will be released.

Luis & Tuesday reside in New York City. Together, they frequently travel and lecture about their written work and advocacy, and are touring in 2014. For more information or to book an event, please contact...

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