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Wounded Warrior shares his story of how his K-9 friend saved him

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A special fundraising event in Norfolk, Nebraska last night featured a keynote speaker who is getting help in his post-war recovery from a special K-9 friend.

Luis Carlos Montalvan spent two tours of duty in Iraq and came back physically wounded and psychologically and emotionally shaken.

Thanks to a comforting friend named "Tuesday", he's now on the road to recovery.

Before the event, Luis and Tuesday were given a heroes welcome into town with an escort from the local American Legion Riders.

The fundraiser Thursday evening was held for the Norfolk Veterans Home Foundation, the Veterans Home is also celebrating their 50th Anniversary this weekend.

They are also raising funds for Heroes Park, which will be built behind the Norfolk facility.

A large crowd came out to bid on silent auction items, enjoy a meal and hear from Montalvan who says his physical, psychological and emotional wounds from the war were enough to drive him to depression and alcoholism.

That is, until his golden retriever Tuesday came along and literally saved his life.

"He helps me sleep at night. He will wake me from a nightmare. He reminds me to take medicine. I hold on to this handle on his back when I go down stairs so I don't fall due to he vertigo from a traumatic brain injury," Luis Carlos Montalvan said.

Montalvan has written a New York Times best selling book about his experiences called "Until Tuesday".

He and Tuesday now travel the country with a mission of inspiring others who are struggling with all sorts of disabilities, including soldiers with PTSD.

The duo will also be making an appearance in Sioux City next Monday at the Marina Inn for an event befitting the STARS animal assisted therapy program.

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