The Story of the U.S. Army's First Blind Active-Duty Officer
By Scotty Smiley
(Dreamscape Media, Compact Disc, 9781611200065)
Publication Date: November 2010
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Blindness became Captain Scotty Smiley’s journey of supreme testing. As he lay helpless in the hospital, he resented the theft of his dreams, but with his wife’s love and the support of family and friends, Scotty’s response became God’s transforming moment. Since the moment he forced his way through nurses and cords to take a simple shower, he has climbed Mount Rainier, won an ESPY Award, surfed, skydived, become a father, earned an MBA from Duke, taught leadership at West Point, and won the MacArthur Leadership Award. Scotty and Tiffany Smiley have lived out a faith so real that it will inspire you to question your own doubts, push you to serve something bigger than yourself, and encourage you to cling to a Hope Unseen.
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 and ESPY in 2008, and has received the Bronze Star, Purple McArthur 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.
Dan John Miller is an American actor and musician, having appeared in Walk the Line, Leatherheads and My One and Only. Dan has garnered two Audie nominations, several AudioFile Golden Earphones Awards and a Listen-Up Award from Publishers Weekly, and has been twice named a Best Voice by AudioFile magazine. He has narrated books by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Philip Roth and many others. Dan lives in the Detroit, Michigan, area with his wife and their daughter.
“Scotty Smiley’s story is one all Americans should hear. It will inspire them in tough times and help them through some of the difficult challenges they face in life.” - Senator Bob Dole
"Captain Scotty Smiley was put to the ultimate test of faith and passed with flying colors, turning what was intened for evil into good. His determination to overcome and to allow God to be honored in the telling of his story is richly conveyed through this book." - Steven Curtis Chapman and Mary Beth Chapman
“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