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Style From a Bird's-Eye View

Skydive into Helping Veterans—First Responders Overcome Adversity

Article by Julie Brown Patton

Photography by Courtesy Bird's Eye View Project

Originally published in Green Hills Lifestyle

Nashville area enthusiasts can be stylin' even while falling from 13,000 feet in the air, simply by participating in a special fundraising project that benefits combat-wounded military veterans and first responders. With each skydiver getting a personalized jumpsuit, not only are they actually "Top Gun-esque" fashionable, the suits become prized mementos of these tremendous occasions.

The initiative is spearheaded by supporters of The Bird’s Eye View Project, a nonprofit group that raises awareness and funds to support the daily challenges that veterans and first responders face while trying to heal from service-related trauma. The group's exact mission is to bridge the growing divide between those who serve and those who benefit from their military service and protection, because stress doesn’t end when deployments end or when sirens go silent. 

The first-time Bird's Eye View Project "Bomb Squad" event for the Music City is scheduled for Oct. 18, and there's still time to sign up for this exciting bucket-list item! This epic day will be held at Skydive Tennessee, 807 William Northern Blvd., in Tullahoma. 

Nashvillian and member of the Bird's Eye View board of directors Nevin Trammell says participants will dive in tandem with expert skydivers, including former U.S. Navy SEALs, U.S. Marine veterans and other special forces military experts. 

"We do these charity jumps to be able to donate 100% of all the proceeds to help combat-wounded veterans and emergency responders. We also do them because we enjoy extreme sports," Nevin says. 

He says the patriotic-colored jumpsuits are customized with each participant's name, so many volunteer jumpers frame their suits after the big day. 

Nevin says Nashville-area participants have committed to raising $10,000 each to do the jump and that organizers can accommodate about 30 participants in October. They already have 15-18 participants working to raise their funds among colleagues, friends and community business leaders. 

"Each participant gets their own webpage through which to solicit supporters and to receive weekly reports leading up to their event," Nevin says. 

The Bird's Eye View Project started in Dallas with founder Ryan "Birdman" Parrott, a former U.S. Navy SEAL. In addition to the Nashville and Dallas squad jumps, they currently have jumps planned for Dallas, Houston and Boston.

Nevin says many of their military charity events earn $300,000-$400,000 each time. 

"These jumps are a chance to meet amazing people and to assist an extremely worthy cause," Nevin says. 

Nevin indicates the group works by providing funds to grassroots charities that provide at least 90% of their capital directly to helping combat-wounded military veterans or emergency crews, particularly those trying to assist with burn wounds and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Locally, he says they are working with REBOOT Recovery Nashville, a nonprofit that offers multiple Nashville course locations, such as The Church at Avenue South, Operation Stand Down and the VA Medical Center. To donate or learn more about REBOOT Recovery, visit RebootRecovery.com/Contact.

As a Vanderbilt graduate, Nevin says some of the university's noteworthy football alumni—including Norman Jordan, Steve McCoy and Chuck Scott—are engaged with this first-ever jump in Nasvhille. To contribute to Nevin's fundraising, go to BirdsEyeviewProject.GivingFuel.com/Nashville-Nevin-Trammell.

To enroll in next month's jump Oct. 18, go online to BirdsEyeViewProject.org/Nashville-Bomb-Squad.

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