Captain Scotty Smiley, a Ranger and combat-diver qualified infantryman, was the Army's first active-duty, blind company commander. He was named Soldier of the Year in 2007, won an ESPY in 2008, and has received the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and the MacArthur Leadership Award. He recently taught at West Point and now commands the Warrior Transition Unit. Scotty and his wife, Tiffany, are both from Pasco, Washington, and are the proud parents of two sons.
Read by Dan John Miller
The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer
"Scotty Smiley's story is one all Americans should hear." - Senator Bob Dole
"Scotty Smiley is an American Hero! Scotty and Tiffany have been an inspiration to the Duke Community, to Team USA Basketball, and to me personally. He shared his story with our Olympic Gold Medal-winning basketball team, and now he shares it with all of us to show how character ultimately wins." - Coach Mike Krzyzewski
Released November 30, 2010