When Steve Copening of
Copening, a decorated veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division, and Sota, a veteran of the Navy, developed this special project as a means to “give back” to the
In developing their first in a series of jewelry that recognizes the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, they began with rings portraying the U.S. Army Parachute badge. “We hear the sad reports every day of men and women who are injured in
The series of rings are embellished with a likeness of the U.S. Army Parachute badge. Awarding three versions of the parachute badge, for the Basic Parachutist, the Senior Parachutist, and the Master Parachutist are a time-honored tradition in the Army, originating in World War II. Stars representing participation in combat jumps can also be affixed to the badge and are available on the series of rings.
“We think these beautiful rings are a tremendous way for people to demonstrate their pride in serving our country, and at the same time, offer some support for wounded warriors through the 82nd Airborne Division Association,” comments Copening.
The 82nd Airborne Association, a not-for profit organization, sponsors social and recreational opportunities for wounded warriors and their families. “Our 97 veteran chapters and 7 active military chapters located at
The 82nd Airborne Association is comprised of people who have served in the 82nd Airborne Division; or are currently serving on active duty on jump status; or have ever served in any of the uniformed services on either jump or glider status and was honorably discharged, including troopers from Special Forces, Airborne Rangers, Marine Corps Recon, Navy SEALS, and Air Force Special Tactics personnel.