Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, Author, Public Speaker, and Founder of two non-profits benefiting Veterans and First-Responders is originally from Detroit, MI.
Ryan enlisted in the Navy after watching the Twin Towers fall on 9/11, and Parrott served eight years as a U.S. Navy SEAL attached to Team SEVEN, completing three combat tours to Iraq before being assigned to Advanced Training Command as an Instructor.
In 2012, Ryan established Sons of the Flag to help burn survivors and their families find the help and medical attention that they deserve.
He is also the founder of the Bird’s Eye View Project, a web and TV series addressing the extreme needs of Veterans and First Responders through extreme sports.
And, he is the author of Sons of the Flag: Real Accounts from the last 100 years of American Service.
Ryan completed three combat tours to Iraq as a Navy SEAL.
An avid sky-diver, Ryan hosted the Legacy Skydive, bringing together Veterans going back to WWII, to participate in a unique Veterans Day celebration.
Ryan enjoys speaking to many groups, including Chambers of Commerce, who offer so much their communities.
A Key-Note speaker at the Portland Firemanship Conference, Ryan spoke to a crowd of over 500 first-responders, and honored their selfless service to our country.
Humbled by the opportunity to honor the Fallen, Ryan was a special guest speaker at the Alabama Fire College Memorial Event, remembering line of duty deaths.
Always pushing himself to the limit, Ryan enjoys BASE Jumping in Europe and America.
Serving Others, Helping Others, Never resting until the Mission is Complete.
Ryan enjoys the opportunity to share his story, offer encouragement, and motivate a crowd!
There are plenty of books and movies about what different soldiers experienced in war - but few grind out the details of why they do it. Sons of the Flag brings together the veterans from each of the American wars from WWII to the present and the veteran firefighters of 9/11 who served during the greatest attack on American soil.
Each contributor tells precisely why they do what they do - putting country and brotherhood before their own safety. Weaving their chapters together, author Ryan "Birdman" Parrott, an American veteran, shares the journey that led from being a self-described "screw-up" to becoming the visionary and leader of Sons of the Flag, an organization dedicated to Burn Survivors.
The contributors associate key moments in their lives that impacted them forever in putting their brothers to the right & left before themselves. Parrott asks readers to imagine a country where all citizens were as dedicated as these men in serving their fellow Americans.