Tuesday's Promise: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives

Tuesday's Promise: One Veteran, One Dog, and Their Bold Quest to Change Lives

by Luis Carlos Montalvan, Ellis Henican


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Following the success of his New York Times bestseller, Until Tuesday, Iraq War veteran Luis Carlos Montalvan advocated for America's wounded warriors and the healing powers of service dogs.

In this spectacular memoir, Luis and Tuesday brought their healing mission to the next level, showing how these beautifully trained animals could assist soldiers, veterans, and many others with mental and physical disabilities. They rescued a forgotten Tuskegee airman, battled obstinate VA bureaucrats, and provided solace to war heroes coast-to-coast.

As Luis and Tuesday celebrated exhilarating victories, a grave obstacle threatened their work. Luis made great progress battling his own PTSD, but his physical wounds got so bad that he was wheelchair-bound. He needed to decide whether to amputate his leg and carry on with a bionic prosthesis. Even as he struggled with dramatic emotional and physical changes, ten-year-old Tuesday was lovingly by his side through it all.

Luis' death in December 2016 was another terrible tragedy of the invisible wounds of war. This book was his last letter of love to his best friend, Tuesday, and to veterans, readers, friends, and fellow dog lovers everywhere.

Never more timely than now, Tuesday's Promise is an inspiring story of love, service, teamwork, and the remarkable bond between humans and canines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316314435
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 05/08/2018
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 400,037
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Luis Carlos Montalván was a captain in the U.S. Army who served two combat tours in Iraq, where he earned the Combat Action Badge, two Bronze Stars, and the Purple Heart. He was the bestselling author of Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him and two children's books, Tuesday Tucks Me In and Tuesday Takes Me There. He and Tuesday advocated for veterans and others with disabilities, tirelessly promoting the virtues of service dogs. He is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Ellis Henican is a journalist and TV pundit and the author of four New York Times bestsellers. His website is henican.com.

Table of Contents

Introduction: High Flier 1

Part I Road Warriors

Chapter 1 Tale of the Dog 11

Chapter 2 Getting Here 22

Chapter 3 Direct Action 33

Chapter 4 Marine Mom 41

Chapter 5 Happiest Spirit 51

Chapter 6 Dirty Water 59

Chapter 7 Father and Son 68

Chapter 8 Grooming Tuesday 80

Chapter 9 Under Arrest 91

Chapter 10 Health Scare 104

Chapter 11 Rapt in Paws 116

Part II Will and Desire

Chapter 12 New Year's Resolution 129

Chapter 13 Telling Papá 141

Chapter 14 Going In 150

Chapter 15 Under the Knife 161

Chapter 16 Moving Out 171

Chapter 17 El Paso 180

Chapter 18 Getting Fitted 189

Chapter 19 Dog Fight 198

Chapter 20 Try On 205

Chapter 21 Test Drive 215

Part III Paws Forward

Chapter 22 Older and Wiser 229

Chapter 23 Successor Dog 239

Chapter 24 Special Delivery 249

Chapter 25 Mad Dash 258

Chapter 26 HomeComing 271

Conclusion: Friends Forever 283

Afterword 289

ACknowledgmehts 293

What People are Saying About This

former trainer commander, U.S. Navy SEALs, New York Times bestselling author of Damn Few and Worth Dying For - Rorke Denver

"War affects warriors in a thousand different ways. As Luis discovered so vividly, the battle back home can be the toughest one. With loyal Tuesday at his side, Luis teaches his fellow warriors the true meaning of friendship, support, struggle and love. We all need special allies, human and canine. You can't help but love this pair. American veterans owe them both a huge debt of gratitude."

U.S. Senator - Al Franken

“Tuesday’s Promise is a remarkable, moving, and timely book, and it’s another example of what so many of us admired about Luis—his relentless dedication to improving the lives of our veterans and his boundless love for Tuesday. I still don't have the words to describe the sadness I feel knowing that Luis is gone, but I am so proud that through Tuesday’s Promise, he will continue to change—and save—the lives of others.”

former White House Press Secretary, co-host of Fox News' The Five, and New York Times bestselling author of Let Me Tell - Dana Perino

"Tuesday's Promise is a honorable and worthy tribute to Luis Montalván and Tuesday, the service dog he loved and depended on after bravely serving his country in war. I've seen through my support for Companions for Heroes how a dog can help heal a broken life, serving as a companion with a love that is almost indescribable. Tuesday's Promise captures that relationship better than any book written to date."

Lt., retired US Navy, author of The Trident and Founder of SOF Spoken - Jason Redman

“For those of us who have witnessed the unbiased cold hand of death upon friend, civilian and foe; these ghosts of war follow us home. Every now and then you find someone who understands. Luis and Tuesday stood together fighting against this enemy. Take a moment to understand this plague called PTSD and read Tuesday's Promise. It is a powerful book; the truths that Luis writes so eloquently about will inspire overwhelming pride and profound sadness and hopefully for a moment, allow you to see these apparitions, these ghosts of war.”

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