Darisse Smith

Darisse Smith served in the U.S. Army for seven years as a commissioned officer and OH-58 D "Kiowa Warrior" helicopter pilot. She served in Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2005-2006 at Camp Zaytun in Irbil where she served as a liaison officer to the S. Korean Army and Iraqi Kurds. She was featured in a stand up comedy documentary called "Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor" and advocates for injured veterans. She has a bachelor's degree in English from Davidson College and is a freelance writer living in Yucaipa, California.

Recent articles from Darisse Smith

A sculpture portrays a wounded soldier being helped on the grounds of the Minneapolis VA Hospital.
Veterans Benefits
How VA Privatization Can Improve Veterans’ Health Care
Privatizing the Veterans Health Administration would give vets the same options in health care as every insured American.
A crew with the South Carolina Army National Guard’s 2-151st Security and Support Aviation Battalion flies one of the unit's last two OH-58 Kiowa helicopters to Boone National Guard Center, Jan. 24, 2013.
Gear & Tech
An Army Pilot’s Tribute To The OH-58 Kiowa Warrior
Though underfunded and underpowered, the OH-58 Kiowa Warrior has distinguished itself through decades of service.
Capt. Richard Boyd, 28th Medical Support Squadron staff pharmacist, processes medications at the pharmacy on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., Oct. 25, 2011. Boyd ensures patient’s safety by tracking their medications and the dosage levels.
Community
The VA’s Attempt To Fight Opioid Dependence Leaves Pain Patients Cut Off
After the Department of Veterans Affairs scaled back its prescriptions of opioids, many patients were left to deal with their chronic pain by themselves.