Senior Chief Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician Ryan Austin Reese served three deployments to Iraq spending 13 years with the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit.
He learned to skydive on the job and became a Military Freefall instructor conducting some 2,000 jumps.
In September 2013, during a routine jump while attached to Explosive Ordnance Training and Evaluation Unit 2 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, there was an accident and Reese hit the ground at 65 miles per hour.
He broke his pelvis, his ankle, and vertebra and suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed and unable to walk.
Since then he has participated in the Department of Defense Warrior Games, earning medals in swimming and hand cycling.
Tunnel to Towers Foundation is building him a smart home in Whitefish, Montana.