About Sons of the Flag

Sons of the Flag Revolutionizes Burn Care and Quality of Life for All Americans

Who We Are

Sons of the Flag is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting military and first responder burn survivors by providing funding for innovative research.

What We Do

We bring together passionate community leaders, pioneering physicians, experienced military service members, dedicated first responders and purposeful civilians to complete our mission.

Our Mission

To be the resource for burn survivors and accelerate leading burn technologies, pushing them into circulation for immediate use by burn survivors across the nation.

The need is immense, the injuries are life-long, and our commitment is unwavering.

Founded in 2012, Sons of the Flag is vigilantly committed to supporting military, first responder, and civilian burn survivors by providing funding for innovative research, Fellowships for doctors to further their training in treating burn survivors, and support for those impacted by a traumatic burn. We are at the forefront of advancing burn technologies and advancements in surgical procedures, and, address needs for every age group, ethnicity, and geographic location within the United States. To that end, Sons of the Flag brings together passionate community leaders, pioneering physicians who are leaders in their field, experienced military service members, dedicated first responders and purposeful civilians to complete our mission.

Sons of the Flag is the only non-profit actively supporting the many needs of Burn Survivor patients and their families at burn centers across the country. Today, we have active partnerships with: Parkland Hospital in Dallas, TX, Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta, GA, Brigham & Women’s Hospital at Harvard University in Boston, MA, Legacy Oregon Burn Center in Portland, OR, University of South Florida Burn Unit, Bay Pines, Florida VA and Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. We are in daily communication with doctors, nurses, social workers, and child-life specialists whose requests on behalf of their patients vary according to each Burn Survivor’s situation.

Sons of the Flag Staff

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Ryan “Birdman” Parrott

Founder & CEO

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.

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Sherry Whidby

Director of Development

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Landon Shaw

Social Media Manager

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Greg Turnell

Task Force National Director

As National Task Force Director, Greg Turnell oversee all Task Force Leader recruiting efforts, management, events, and conferences critical to the Task Force Operations.

Greg has been employed with Washington D.C. Fire Department for 31 years and is currently assigned as Lieutenant with Rescue 3, Platoon #1.

He is the Founder, President & CEO of TURK International, and inventor of TURK, a rescue kart utilized by first responders for transporting tools and patients. Greg is the father of 6 and resides on Maryland’s Eastern shore with his number one girl, Jeanne. For more information or to become a Task Force Leader, Email Greg >>

Sons of the Flag Core Team

John Walters
National Ambassador & Spokesman
Former FDNY

Lana Z
Accountant, In the Black

Chad Gruver
Fire Conference Coordinator

Brad Adatto
Byrd Adatto Law Firm

Lee Sammartino
Branding & Technology

John Walters
National Ambassador & Spokesman
Former FDNY

Lana Z
Accountant, In the Black

Chad Gruver
Fire Conference Coordinator

Brad Adatto
Byrd Adatto Law Firm

Lee Sammartino
Branding & Technology

Meet Our

Board of Directors

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Ryan Hyman
Chairman of the Board

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Johnathan Hyman
Board Member

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Travis Allison
Board Member

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Sasha Denman
Board Member

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Jay Fishel
Board Member

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Kathy Miller
Board Member

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Mike Pettis
Board Member

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Jon Sorg
Board Member

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Steve Woods
Former Chairman

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Cathleen Hernandez
Board Member

Meet Our

Board of Directors

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Ryan Hyman
Chairman of the Board

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Johnathan Hyman
Board Member

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Travis Allison
Board Member

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Sasha Denman
Board Member

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Jay Fishel
Board Member

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Kathy Miller
Board Member

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Mike Pettis
Board Member

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Jon Sorg
Board Member

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Steve Woods
Former Chairman

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Cathleen Hernandez
Board Member

Team

Hero Project

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Martin C. Robson, MD
FACS, HON. FRCS, HON. FRACS

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David J. Smith, JR., MD
 

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Dr. Julian Pribaz MD
 

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Wyatt G Payne, MD
FACS

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Roger E Salisbury, MD
FACS

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John Kucan, MD
 

Team

Hero Project

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Martin C. Robson, MD
FACS, HON. FRCS, HON. FRACS

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David J. Smith, JR., MD
 

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Dr. Julian Pribaz MD
 

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Wyatt G Payne, MD
FACS

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Roger E Salisbury, MD
FACS

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John Kucan, MD
 

SOTF BURN SURVIVOR ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

SOTF BURN SURVIVOR ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

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MEDICAL

FELLOWSHIPS

Post-surgical training in burn-care, trauma surgery & surgical critical care. Learn More

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MARTY ROBSON’S

HERO PROJECT

Acute burn care for all American burn survivors. Learn More

SURVIVOR & FAMILY

SUPPORT

Medical supplies & other necessities not covered through insurance. Learn More

Sons of the Flag Pediatric Burn Support

PEDIATRIC

SURVIVOR SUPPORT

Pediatric burn survivor needs supported by Sons of the Flag. Learn More

burn surgeon medical fellows

MEDICAL

FELLOWSHIPS

Post-surgical training in burn-care, trauma surgery & surgical critical care. Learn More

mission reconstruct freedom american flag

MARTY ROBSON’S

HERO PROJECT

Acute burn care for all American burn survivors. Learn More

SURVIVOR & FAMILY

SUPPORT

Medical supplies & other necessities not covered through insurance. Learn More

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PEDIATRIC

SURVIVOR SUPPORT

Pediatric burn survivor needs supported by Sons of the Flag. Learn More

WE NEED YOU!

HELP SUPPORT AMERICA’S BURN SURVIVORS

Every penny counts when helping those in need – The need is immense, the injuries are life-long, and our commitment is unwavering. Your donations are tax deductible.

DONATE NOW

WE NEED YOU!

HELP SUPPORT AMERICA’S BURN SURVIVORS

Every penny counts when helping those in need – The need is immense, the injuries are life-long, and our commitment is unwavering. Your donations are tax deductible.

DONATE NOW

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