Posted Sept. 21, 2011

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Luis Montalván and his service dog.

Meet Luis Montalván

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011

Time: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th Street, Sacramento

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Luis Montalván, the author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrier and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, will keynote a lecture and book signing on Wednesday, Sept., 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the UC Davis MIND Institute.

Capt. Montalván will speak about the discrimination he has endured, awareness of hidden disabilities, and access/accommodations for service animals.

Montalván is a highly decorated captain in the U.S. Army who 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 Veteran's Administration Hospital. He began to wonder if he would ever recover.

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Then Capt. Montalván met Tuesday, a beautiful and sensitive golden retriever trained to assist the disabled. Tuesday had lived among 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.

The MIND Institute is located at 2825 50th St., Sacramento, Calif., on the campus of UC Davis Health System. Admission to the event is free, but registration is required and expected to reach capacity. The price for parking will be $6. There is no charge for on-street parking. Community organizations will be on hand to offer resources and information. For more information or to register, e-mail Sharon Galloway at

Through advocacy, community partnerships, interdisciplinary training and the translation of research into practical applications, the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities improves quality of life and community inclusion for those with developmental disabilities.

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