Jody Fuller is a comic, speaker, writer, and soldier with three tours of duty in Iraq. He currently holds the rank of Major in the US Army Reserves. Jody is also a lifetime stutterer.
Growing up in Opelika, AL Jody had to overcome two things: poverty and stuttering. Enlisting in the Army after high school helped him overcome the poverty but the stuttering continues to pose unique challenges. After a 4 year stint as an Army medic, he returned home to attend college at Auburn University at Montgomery where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
After 9/11, Jody made a decision to return to the Army by way of Officer Candidate School (OCS) at Ft. Benning, GA. After OCS, he completed the Transportation Officer Basic Course at Ft. Eustis, VA, before being assigned to 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis, WA. In November 2003, he deployed to Iraq for one year as a platoon leader with the 296th Brigade Support Battalion of the Army’s First Stryker Brigade.
In 2006, Jody left active duty Army to join the Alabama National Guard and deployed to Iraq two additional times. As of 2015, Major Fuller continues to serve in the Army Reserves.
When not in uniform, Jody performs for a wide range of audiences from comedy clubs to corporations to disability groups to troops at home and abroad.
He’s a syndicated columnist for several newspapers and has been published in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series five times including:
A Lifetime of Stuttering: From Lemons to Lemonade: 101 Positive, Practical, and Powerful Stories about Making the Best of a Bad Situation
Embracing my Uniqueness: Think Positive for Kids: 101 Stories about Good Decisions, Self-Esteem, and Positive Thinking
Miracles in Uniform: Miracles Happen: 101 Inspirational Stories about Hope, Answered Prayers, and Divine Intervention
Jody is a member of two NSAs: the National Stuttering Association and the National Speakers Association.
Jody lives in Opelika, Alabama, with his Ruby, his chocolate lab, and Abby, his cat.