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Luis Carlos Montalván

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Former Army Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván served two tours in Iraq (2003-04 and 2005-06), leading cavalry elements and advisory teams. He contributed to the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment’s success in “Operation Restoring Rights” in Tal Afar in 2005 and participated in the American Enterprise Institute's Iraq Planning Group in 2007. His published work has been featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Baltimore Sun, Military Times, NPR, the Huffington Post and Abu Dhabi TV among other media outlets. Montalván is a writer, freelance journalist and veteran’s advocate. He is presently completing dual Master's degrees in Journalism and Strategic Communications at Columbia University in New York City and is a member of the Council for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA). Luis is recovering from wounds sustained in combat and is co-founder of the humanitarian organization, Iraq Veterans' Refugee Aid Association (IVRAA).

Luis recommends:


Achilles in Vietnam: Combat Trauma and the Undoing of Character by Jonathan Shay

On Combat: The Psychology and Physiology of Deadly Conflict in War and Peace by David Grossman and Loren Christensen

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara

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