Rep. Sam Johnson: Ryan “Birdman” Parrott to be Keynote Speaker for FINAL CVC Honoring Collin County Veterans
Washington, D.C. – With the final Congressional Veterans Commendation (CVC) ceremony this upcoming weekend, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) is pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker will be Navy SEAL Ryan “Birdman” Parrott.
Parrott enlisted in the U.S. Navy after watching the Twin Towers fall on 9/11, and he 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. He is an author, public speaker, and founder of two non-profits benefiting veterans and first responders.
“North Texas is a deeply patriotic community that is home to many exceptional veterans,” said Johnson. “As a 29-year Air Force veteran and POW, I understand firsthand how important it is for a community to support its men and women in uniform – past and present. That’s why I’m proud to host the CVC – it’s an opportunity for us to take time out of our busy schedules and thank our local veterans for their service and sacrifice to our Great Nation. I look forward to paying tribute to our community-nominated veteran honorees this Saturday, and I’m honored Ryan ‘Birdman’ Parrott will be joining us as our keynote speaker for the final CVC.”
Congressional Veteran Commendation Ceremony & Reception Information:
WHERE: Collin College Spring Creek Campus
John Anthony Theater
2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy.
Plano, Texas 75074
WHEN: Saturday, October 28th
Ryan “Birdman” Parrott – author, public speaker, and founder of two non-profits benefiting veterans and first responders – is originally from Detroit, Michigan. 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. He completed three combat tours to Iraq before being assigned to Advanced Training Command as an instructor.
In 2005, while serving in Iraq, Ryan was riding atop a Humvee manning the gun turret in enemy territory when his vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED), which caused a flash fire that threw him from the Humvee. Ryan regained composure with his face and arms burned, and witnessed his fellow team members suffer devastating burn and blast injuries. While Ryan’s burns were only first and second degree, his teammates suffered lifelong injuries.
After completing his service, Ryan moved to Dallas, and in April of 2011, Ryan had the privilege of meeting a retired Army Ranger officer who suffered significant burn injuries. Ryan was inspired and humbled by his display of strength and courage despite his debilitating scarring. Ryan was discouraged that this Ranger, and others like him, were not benefiting from progressive treatment of burns in the same way that amputees benefit from incredible advancements in prosthetics.
Searching for better answers, Ryan sought out physicians, medical professionals, and civilian burn survivors as well as firefighters and paramedics, seeking to understand how burn treatment could be improved.
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, addressing the extreme needs of veterans and first responders through extreme sports.
Ryan is the author of Songs of the Flag: Real Accounts from the last 100 years of American Service.