Inspirational Journeys Presents: Scott DeLuzio shares his story of survival after  losing his brother while serving in the military 

This is a photo of Scott DeLuzio

This week, my special guest shares the story of surviving the loss of his brother, who was killed in action while they both served in Afghanistan and overcoming grief, survivors guilt and PTSD, in order to share his compelling story with the world. He also started a podcast to share the stories of others who’ve served in the military and suffered with some, if not all, of the same struggles he went through after coming home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan. Grab a cup of your  favorite beverage and join the conversation. After you’ve heard this compelling story, be sure to share it with your friends and loved ones, and say a prayer for the men and women who serve your country, wherever you are, as you listen or watch this week’s episode.


Scott DeLuzio shares his story of survival after  losing his brother while serving in the military 


I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.


Scott DeLuzio


Tuesday, October 11, 2022


YouTube video

Podcast episode


Scott DeLuzio is an Army veteran, having served six years with the Army National Guard, including a deployment to Afghanistan in 2010. Scott’s brother, Steven, was also deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. Unfortunately, Steven was killed in action on August 22, 2010. After returning home, Scott struggled with coping with the stresses of combat, the loss of his younger brother, and adjusting back to civilian life. In the years following Scott’s deployment, he noticed other veterans dealing with their struggles in unhealthy ways. Scott started his podcast, Drive On Podcast, to connect with current and prior service members. He interviews veterans and civilians to discuss personal triumphs, life experiences, and emotional hardships to give hope and strength to the military community.
Scott lives in Surprise, Arizona, with his wife, Vicki DeLuzio, and their three children.

Scott’s featured book is entitled: Surviving Son: An Afghanistan War Veteran Reveals His Nightmare Of Becoming A Gold Star Brother


Surviving Son is a compelling true story that provides the reader with an insight into the life of a combat infantryman who fought in Afghanistan at the same time as his younger brother, Steven, who was killed in action just miles away. Scott takes the reader on a journey through his upper-middle-class childhood to his call to service after 9/11. With college degrees and a bright future ahead of them, they left the safety of suburban life to fight on the front lines in Afghanistan. When Scott was asked why he would do this, he responded, “Why not me?”

The story provides many details that give the reader a clear picture of what it was like to fight for their country in a hostile war zone. Scott explains with raw emotion how he learned of his brother’s death, and minutes later, he was engaged in combat with the Taliban, the same group responsible for his brother’s death. He vividly reveals how he continued to struggle with PTSD from the stresses of combat, the loss of his only sibling, and the transition to civilian life.

Scott’s homecoming was not the hero’s welcome that he deserved. As you read the story of his return to civilian life, it will leave you laughing and crying, sometimes at the same time. However, in the end, Scott’s message is one of hope. He addresses the reality vs. perception that often accompanies those struggling after a traumatic event. He openly explains how a flashback or “reliving experiences” can for a few moments have him believing that he is standing on the hot, dusty terrain in Eastern Afghanistan.

It took courage to write this book, and out of much despair, the message is one of hopefulness for others. Scott believes that by telling his story so publicly, it might give hope to others and reverse the stigma that often accompanies those who seek mental health treatment. Scott continues to give back through his podcast, Drive On Podcast, which provides veterans support through the message that they are not alone in their struggles.

This book is a reminder of the sacrifices that the military and their families make to keep us safe. It is especially timely with the withdrawal of troops in Afghanistan, and Scott has addressed his feelings on the subject. He believes that every service member who took part in the war did what was needed to keep Americans safe at home by taking the fight to the enemy. “We did what our country asked us to do. Be proud of that!”

Purchase link:

Connect with Scott at the following links:


As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

Leave a Comment