Scott Owens served nearly nine years as an infantryman with the Army’s famed 101st Airborne Division, including two tours in Iraq. Injured during a fire fight, he lives with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and PTSD. The Winter Haven resident has worked as an advocate for veterans’ issues and is a fulltime student studying political science. In this video, he talks about the Army core values that have helped guide and sustain him through some tough times.
Several veterans shared their personal stories on stage to community audiences in Florida as part of our work with The Telling Project. This program helps bridge the communication gap with an American public in which less than one percent has served in uniform over the past dozen years of war. And it demonstrates the power of stories to help us make sense of the world, to take us to places we have never been, to look at the world through someone else’s eyes.
Learn more about Scott Owens and other veterans in our next issue of FORUM magazine. Pre-order it here.
Watch this video of a 2015 stage production of “Telling: Tampa Bay,” featuring Owens, his wife Shannon, and five other Florida veterans.