Mike Scotti joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves while still an undergraduate at the University of Miami, Florida. After graduation, Scotti attended the Marine Corp's OfficerCandidateSchool in Quantico, Virginia. He was commissioned a second lieutenant, and served four years on active duty as an artillery officer and platoon commander in the First Marine Division. After being honorably discharged from active duty, Scotti attended the New York University Stern School of Business, where he received a Master of Business Administration with a specialization in Finance. Mike Scotti is the subject of the critically-acclaimed, award-winning documentary film Severe Clear, which was created from the extensive video journals he kept while serving in Iraq.
THE BLUE CASCADE, (a description of the depression and numbeness Mike felt due to his PTSD) is Mike Scotti's gripping memoir about his return from the Iraq War and the crushing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder he tried to ignore and that nearly beat him.