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 returned 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 2016, 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 been published 7 times in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series 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
Tough Love: The Power of Gratitude: 101 Stories about How Being Thankful Can Change Your Life, which was one of three stories from the book featured on Inside Edition.
He also writes for 10 small town newspapers.
Jody is a member of two NSAs: the National Stuttering Association and the National Speakers Association.
Jody lives in Opelika, Alabama, with Ruby, his chocolate lab, and Abbey, his cat.
- Iraq Campaign Medal w/ 3 campaign stars
- Defense Meritorious Service Medal
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Army Commendation Medal (2)
- Army Achievement Medal (2)
- Joint Meritorious Unit Award
- Army Good Conduct Medal
- National Defense Service Medal (2)
- Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
- Global War on Terror Service Medal
- Army Service Ribbon
- Overseas Service Ribbon (4)
- Armed Forces Reserve Medal (2)
- Combat Action Badge
- Meritorious Unit Commendation (2)
- Best Newcomer: Clean Comedy Challenge (2012)