Our son, Sgt. Ryan Matthew Robinson served in the United States Marine Corps for six years with the 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines, H/Q Battery. He was stationed at the Fort Worth NAS/JRB and had been deployed to Iraq in 2005-2006.
Before returning home, Ryan received a traumatic brain injury from an improvised explosive device that resulted in severe seizures once his deployment was complete. Ryan passed away on September 1st, 2008 as a result of injuries received while in combat serving in Iraq in 2006. He was only 29 years old; Ryan was a hero in Iraq, and at home; his loss devastated our family and his friends.
Ryan loved the Marine Corps Ball and was deeply concerned about wounded Marines that were unable to attend due to their injuries. He said to me, “Dad, wouldn’t it be great if there was an organization that could get these wounded Marines to the Ball. An all-expenses-paid night out of the hospital or their homes with fitted dress blues, an escort, and a limousine. It would remind them they have not been forgotten, that their sacrifice is remembered.”
And that is the beginning of Ryan’s Project. Ryan is gone now but in his memory, Ryan’s Project aims to fulfill Ryan’s vision by sponsoring the attendance for wounded North Texas Marines to the Marine Corps Ball in Dallas, Texas. We provide (as needed) transportation, tailoring of dress blues/tux, medals, spouse/date attire, the admission fee, etc.
Later as we grow, Ryan’s Project will reach out to active and veteran service members, collaborating with other veteran organizations in an effort to meet the needs of our wounded heroes. We hope to touch the lives of those wounded after sacrificing so much for their country.
Ryan believed in his country, in the Marine Corps and in our nation’s veterans, and we seek to carry on his love for all with Ryan’s Project.
- Douglas and Bonnie Robinson