Luis Montalvan: Veterans Have Invaluable Opportunities to Inspire
NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, wounded veterans have sought out new ways to overcome their injuries and acclimate back to civilian life. For many of these veterans, attaining physical fitness goals is a way to both build up their own confidence and inspire others to triumph over the obstacles that their injuries have created. CNN reports the story of Noah Galloway, a veteran who lost an arm and a leg and has since gone on to achieve tremendous physical accomplishments. Luis Montalvan, a veteran and advocate for wounded warriors, encourages other veterans to support and inspire one another when surmounting the challenges of recovery.
According to the article, Galloway joined the United States Army after September 11. Fulfilling what he felt to be his patriotic duty, he enlisted and deployed to Iraq. After his first tour in 2003, Galloway went back in 2005. It was during this second tour that a Humvee he was driving tripped a wire that detonated a roadside bomb.
Galloway’s resulting injuries were severe. He lost his left arm and his left leg and had to have his jaw reconstructed. Furthermore, he and his wife divorced while he was recovering.
“I remember thinking it was all over. I was very physical. I’d lost two limbs, a wife. You know, I remember thinking I much rather had died than wake up like this,” remembers Galloway.
But, thanks to the example his father, who had lost his hand, Galloway was able to change his attitude and overcome the setbacks that his injuries had created. Galloway joined Combat Fitness Training Facility and has, ever since, achieved one goal after another. Today, Galloway is preparing to run the Spartan Race in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to wearing gas masks during the race, as a show of support for nonprofit organization Team X-T.R.E.M.E., which benefits injured veterans, Galloway will skydive to the starting line.
“Overcoming trauma is something most people will have to deal with over the course of their lives,” comments former Captain Luis Montalvan. “Veterans of the contemporary wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, like veterans of other wars, will increasingly be visible as reminders of courage, reliance, and service.”
Luis Montalvan and other veterans are thankful for the example that Galloway has set. Montalvan hopes that veterans continue to support and encourage one another in an effort to heal both emotionally and physically.
Luis Montalvan served the United States Army for 17 years. Now a veteran, he acted in several capacities during the course of his military career. Luis Montalvan was a member of the officer corps, a military policeman, a communications specialist, and an infantryman. Now an advocate for veterans and active duty military personnel, Luis Montalvan supports the best interest of those who are facing the mental and physical injuries associated with combat and military sexual trauma.
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