While serving in Iraq, West Point graduate Scott Smiley spotted a suspicious man standing next a vehicle that was sagging in the rear. When he fired two shots in front of the vehicle just to see what the man would do, the man exploded the vehicle, killing himself and sending metal shrapnel into Scott’s eyes.
Scott was now blind. When hospital officials later presented his wife Tiffany with papers to retire him from the military, she said “No,” that that was her husband’s decision to make when he recovered enough.
Scott never signed those papers, and he thanks his wife for standing up for him. Scott stayed in the Army and served while being completely blind. The Army later selected Scott as Soldier of the Year.
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