In this special episode of the Red Shoes Living Podcast, Lonnie Mayne talks with Scotty and Tiffany Smiley about the tragic attack that Scotty endured by a suicide car bomber in Iraq, 2005. They discuss how, with Tiffany’s love, encouragement, and unwavering support and determination, Scotty, now blind from the attack, overcame his understandable hopelessness and rebuilt his life to go on to be hugely successful as a blind active-duty officer, father, husband, author, speaker, and athlete. Scotty and Tiffany have three beautiful sons and have built an inspirational and successful business. Hope Unseen.
Major (Retired) Scotty Smiley:
Scotty became the first blind active-duty officer in military history following a face-to-face confrontation with a suicide car bomber in Iraq in 2005. After his injury, Scotty’s faith led him to forgive his attacker and inspired him to rebuild his life while continuing to serve his country in the U.S. Army.
A West Point graduate, he returned there to teach after he earned an MBA from Duke University. He was named the Army Times “Soldier of the Year” and won an ESPY award for “Best Outdoor Athlete.” He is the recipient of a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and the Army’s prestigious MacArthur Leadership Award. Following a position in the Gonzaga University ROTC Department, Scotty retired from the military in 2015.
Scotty wrote his book Hope Unseen about his journey through overcoming adversity and now travels the country sharing his message of perseverance, courage, and hope. Ever the adventurer, after the loss of his eyesight he has learned to surf, gone skydiving, climbed Mt. Denali, and became an Ironman. Scotty currently works as an investment banker at Drexel Hamilton and is a regular guest on news networks such as NBC, CBS, and Fox. He is married to his high school sweetheart Tiffany. The couple lives in their hometown of Pasco, Washington with sons Grady, Graham, and Baylor.
Tiffany is currently CEO and Founder of Tiffany Smiley Consulting and President and Co-Founder of Hope Unseen, a highly successful public speaking firm. She has been featured on CBS News, CNN, C-SPAN, Dr. Phil, Fox News, The Katie Couric Show as well as in major publications such as People Magazine, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Prior to that, Mrs. Smiley served as a triage nurse and in other health professional roles. She is a graduate of Whitworth University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Ms. Smiley has been a fierce advocate for American veterans, working with high-ranking politicians, lobbyists, and the President to secure much-needed services. She runs her consultancy and other businesses from Pasco, WA, where she lives with her husband and three sons.