Contributor biographical information for Hope unseen : the story of the U.S. Army's first blind active-duty officer / Scotty Smiley ; with Doug Crandall.


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Captain Scotty Smiley, a Ranger and combat-diver qualified infantryman, was the Army's first active-duty, blind officer and its first blind company commander. On April 6, 2005, he lost use of both eyes when a suicide car bomber blew himself up thirty meters in front of Scotty's Stryker vehicle. Since that day, Scotty Smiley has surfed in Hawaii, skied in Vail, skydived, climbed Mount Rainier, completed a triathlon, and graduated from Duke University's Fuqua School of Business with his MBA. The Army Times named Captain Smiley its Soldier of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 he won an ESPY as the world's Best Outdoor Athlete. Scotty, a recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart, recently taught the core course in leadership at West Point and now commands the Warrior Transition Unit at West Point's Keller Army Medical Center. Captain Smiley was recently named a recipient of the Army's prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award. Scotty and his wife, Tiffany, are both from Pasco, Washington, where Scotty captained the Pasco High School Bulldogs to a Class 4A State Football Championship. Tiffany, who played college soccer at Whitworth, is a registered nurse. Scotty and Tiffany are the proud parents of Grady Douglas and Graham Elliott.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Smiley, Scotty.
Christian biography -- United States.
Blind -- United States -- Biography.
War wounds -- Patients -- United States -- Biography.
Iraq War, 2003- -- Veterans -- United States -- Biography.
Christianity.
Iraq War, 2003- -- Autobiography.
Veterans -- United States -- Autobiography.
Visually Impaired Persons -- United States -- Autobiography.