Luis Carlos Montalvan, 43, a decorated Iraq war veteran and author of the book, Until Tuesday, which features his beloved service dog, was found dead in his El Paso, Texas, hotel room late Friday night. According to ABC 7 News, there were no signs of foul play and the cause of death is currently unknown.
Montalvan, who served in the United States Army for 17 years, was able to overcome severe post-traumatic stress disorder with the assistance of his golden retriever, “Tuesday,” whom he credits with saving his life.
Educated Canines Assisting With Disabilities, ECAD, the agency which paired Tuesday with Montalvan, has established a fundraiser on the wounded warrior’s behalf. The agency issued a statement:
With his beloved service dog Tuesday at his side, Luis spent the past decade educating the public about trauma and advocating for veterans and people with disabilities. He will be missed greatly and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.
ECAD has assured those concerned about Tuesday’s fate that the dog is “safe and happy,” ‘and being cared for by the ECAD family.
Find the ECAD Fundraiser here.