When the U.S. Olympic basketball team took to the court this summer against the Dominican Republic, Army Captain Scotty Smiley was in the stands, cheering them on. But the decorated war veteran was no ordinary spectator.

In fact, he couldn’t even see the game.

Smiley lost his eyesight on April 6, 2005, in Mosul, Iraq, when a suicide car bomber blew himself up in front of Scotty’s Stryker vehicle.

But blindness doesn’t keep Smiley on the sidelines. He has spoken to corporate leaders, educators and church groups about maintaining optimism and perseverance in the dark…

In the years since he lost his vision, Smiley has climbed Mount Rainier, won an ESPY as Best Outdoor Athlete, surfed, skydived, become a father twice, earned an MBA from Duke, taught leadership at West Point, commanded an Army company and won the MacArthur Leadership Award.

How has he accomplished so much? One word: God.

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