Soldier, author Smiley to sign books today

Hometown hero Capt. Scotty Smiley will sign copies of his book Hope Unseen at 4 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble in Kennewick.

Smiley, a Pasco High School graduate, was the Army's first blind active-duty officer. He lost his sight when a car bomber blew himself up in front of Smiley's military vehicle in Afghanistan in 2005.

His book describes the aftermath of the bombing and his personal journey as he learned to live without sight. Since losing his sight, he has surfed in Hawaii, skied in Colorado, been skydiving, climbed Mount Rainier, completed a triathlon, and earned his master's in business administration from Duke University.

The Army Times named Smiley its "Soldier of the Year" in 2007, and in 2008 he won an ESPY as the world's best outdoor athlete.

He also is the recipient of the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

The list price of the hardcover edition is $24.99.