In the past twelve years, the U.S. has waged two concurrent ground wars. The cost of these wars is painfully apparent in the amount of blood and treasure poured into them. What is not so apparent is the damage wrought on the mental health of those who fought and survived, but the costs have been great. Indeed, an estimated 11 to 20 percent of the 2.8 million service members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have, or currently do, suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
While heavily present in the military community, as well as in the civilian world, PTSD is the result of trauma. It has varying symptoms that can generally be categorized into one of three families: hyper-awareness, avoidance or flashback symptoms. While affecting some minimally, PTSD can severely impact the lives of others and their families. Shockingly, many affected go untreated.
In recognition of the unique challenges faced by those suffering with PTSD, the UConn Law Student Services Department, Wellness Committee, and Military Law Society have teamed up to host Captain Luis Carlos Montalván and his service dog, "Tuesday", on Friday October 10th at 12:30pm in the William F. Starr Hall Reading Room. Captain Montalván is a highly decorated seventeen-year veteran of the United States Army. In that time, he served two tours of duty in Iraq and was recognized with awards including two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge for his combat service.
Since honorably departing the military as a result of wounds sustained in combat, he and his service dog, "Tuesday," winner of the 2013-14 American Kennel Club Award for Canine Excellence, have toured North America advocating for the rights of disabled veterans and all people with disabilities.
Captain Montalván has authored the N.Y. Times best-selling memoir, Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him and the highly acclaimed new children's book, Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and his Service Dog.
During this presentation, Capt. Montalván will share the inspiring story behind Until Tuesday and discuss PTSD, Trauma and Recovery. There will be a reception and book signing immediately following the presentation.