Vet, author who advocated for vets, criticized war, dies

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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Luis Carlos Montalvan, a decorated Iraq war veteran who became a strong critic of the war and wrote about it, has died in El Paso. He was 43.

El Paso police Sgt. Enrique Carrillo on Monday said Montalvan was found in a hotel room in downtown El Paso late Friday.

The medical examiner's office has not completed a preliminary autopsy report.

Montalvan served 17 years in the Army, doing two tours in Iraq. He received two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart.

Tuesday, his service dog, was the subject of Montalvan's book, which became a New York Times best seller.

Some Army colleagues said Montalvan embellished his account of the incident that led to his Purple Heart.