AP Scribe Debunks HuffPo Blogger's War Tale

Media darling with lovable dog has sketchy lawsuit and criminal past

By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff

Posted Feb 4, 2010 8:33 AM CST

(Newser) – Huffington Post blogger Luis Carlos Montalván started out as an anti-war liberal's dream: a decorated Iraq vet with a compelling war story, vocally opposed to the war and accompanied by a lovable golden retriever to stave off PTSD-related anxiety. But an AP reporter who's been digging into the self-promoting vet's war story says it doesn't hold water, and Gawker has turned up both a suspect lawsuit by Montalván and his criminal record.

Montalván says his PTSD stems from a 2003 incident in which Iraqi gang members tried to assassinate him for his attempts to crack down on crime; the AP reporter found evidence that he actually just scuffled with a drunk truck driver—and wasn't as badly injured as he claims. Then there's the $40 million suit he filed against McDonald's because employees "glared" at him and his service dog while he ate. And in 1999 he was charged with stalking and violating a restraining order.

Iraq veteran Luis Montalvan and actress Glenn Close attend the Puppies Behind Bars celebration titled Dog Tags: Service Dogs For Those Who've Served Us held at on November 17, 2008 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
'Iraq Veterans Against the War' members Luis Montalvan, Sergio Kochergin, Adam Kokesh, James Gilligan and Vincent Emanuele listen to testimony, May 15, 2008 in Washington, DC.   (Getty Images)
Iraq veteran Luis Montalvan and actress Glenn Close attend the Puppies Behind Bars celebration titled Dog Tags: Service Dogs For Those Who've Served Us on November 17, 2008 in New York City.   (Getty Images)
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