Aug 7, 2015 8:25 PM

Angry Veteran vs. Gilford Library: What really happened?

GILFORD - The Facebook comments speak for themselves. You can see the anger in the back-and-forth from soldier-turned-author Luis Montalvan.

The Weirs is very busy in the summer with festivals. The beaches are crowded during the day, and there's plenty of late night entertainment. Montalvan said on Facebook that it was all too much for one veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder to handle.

“Yesterday was a difficult day, and there was miscommunication on the parts of several people,” Montalvan told NH1 News about his disagreement with the Gilford Library.

Montalvan, who lives in Brookyln, was staying at the Sun Valley Cottages at the Weirs. The hotel did not give any comment, but on his Facebook page, Montalvan accused the library of putting him at a hotel that violated laws that protect people with disabilities. However the issue may have nothing to do with the ADA but rather a misunderstanding of the library staff.

NH1 asked the staff in Gilford if he had mentioned that noise was an issue at his previous lodging?

“I did not hear that until afterwards,” said Katherine Dormody, director at the Gilford Library.

She went on to explain what had caused them concern at the library and led them to contact police: “The nature of our phone calls and that he hung up on us abruptly four times.”

Montalvan and his dog Tuesday arrived at the library for a children’s program on Friday afternoon despite any disagreement about his accommodations.

Staff at the library wanted to make it clear that they very much appreciate veteran’s like Montalvan and their service to our country.


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