PJ Scott - Bio
PJ Scott was born & raised in CA as was her father, a Marine In Country during the Korean War & a uncle who served aboard the USS Saratoga & the Queen of the Battleships, the USS Pennsylvania, during WWII. Growing up PJ heard the stories of her military family members from both sides of her family, as she comes from a long line of ancestors (from the American Revolution to 2004) who served their country in time of need. Graduating from High School in 1971 & desiring a College Education, the GI Bill was very attractive, so she enthusiastically joined the Navy WAVES in Nov 1971 as an enlisted person, reaching the rank of Yeoman Second Class. Upon being honorably discharged in 1979. Scott continued her college education, ultimately receiving two BA's in History & Geography with two minors in Political Science & Theater Arts. PJ's goal was to teach at a Community College, little did she know that future visual difficulties would prevent that.
Once Scott's children were raised, PJ would join several Veterans Service Organizations. With American Legion, Dept of WA, Scott served in several capacities including Post Commanderfor4 years. Previously, PJ serve as Jr. Vice Commander, Historian, District Public Relations Officer, Chairman of Public Relations, and Dept Chairman of Post Activities & Community Service. As a member of the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA), she wasthe WA Regional Group, Secretary for two years, & elected as a WAState Delegate to two National Conventions. In the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization, she served as the Chapter Chaplain for four years & has participated on various chapter level committees.
In 2002, Scott founded Veterans Forum, a veterans-based, award-winning television program broadcast throughout many areas of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, California & Montana. The cable program features engaging conversations with honored & distinguished military veterans, war heroes, and prominent veteran leaders. Past guests have included US Army Vet, John "Bud" Hawk, WWIIMedal of Honor Recipient, Mike Gregoire, The First Gentleman of Washington State and Vietnam combat veteran, Oscar winning Screen Writer, Darryl Ponicsan of "The Last Detail" & "Cinderella Liberty" fame, who enlisted in the Navy when the Cuban Missile Crises became a threat to our National Security. And Navy-man, Jack Yusen of the USS Samuel B. Roberts, who had previously participated in the History Channel's "WWII in HD"series. Jacks memories of his ship sinking, during a battle with the Japanese and the survivors having to deal with sharks, required two parts on the Veterans Forum set in Seattle. While recounting military history with trips down memory lane with its Military Vets guests, Veterans Forum also serves to educate & inform veterans of their benefits and Veteran Service Organizations available to them. Many of Veterans Forum programs can be seen at www.YouTube.com/user/VeteransForumNetwork all over the world.
Scott has received awards for her Veterans Forum television programs including "Best in Talk Show" for 2007 from Bremerton/KitsapTV for "Women of WWII" which included three Navy WAVES Vets & two Women Marine Vets; one being from the first class of Women Marine Officers. PJ earned a 1st Place Award for "Empowerment Talk Show" from the NW Alliance for Community Media(which covers WA, OR, ID, MT & AK) in 2006, which addressed the issue of PTSD and its treatment.
In July 2006 she was honored with the "Woman Veteran of The Year" award at the American Legion State Convention in Washington State.
Many guests who have watched Veterans Forum ask, why the sun glasses? PJ is Legally Blind, as a result of a Service-Connected Disability, bright studiolights really bother her eyes. Despite PJ's Service-Connected Disabilities, she has found a way to contribute so much for the sake of our Military Veterans, their families& the military veteran community.