Founder, President & CEO, Ryan “Birdman” Parrott, served eight years as a U.S. Navy SEAL, attached to Team SEVEN, completing three combat tours to Iraq. In 2005, Ryan was manning the turret gun of a Humvee in enemy territory when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive devise (IED), causing a flash fire and throwing him from the vehicle. With his face and arms on fire, Ryan witnessed team members suffer devastating burn and blast injuries.
After completing his service, Ryan moved to Dallas. Meeting other Veterans in the area who suffered serious burn injuries, Ryan was discouraged that burn medicine and technologies were not advancing the same way that amputees benefit from incredible innovations made in prosthetics.
Searching for better answers, Ryan realized that traumatic burns significantly impact not only the military community, but fire fighters, first-responders and civilians as well. Ryan realized his calling and established Sons of the Flag.