A Navy veteran completed his mission to swim the entire Mississippi River in order to raise awareness of Gold Star Families, the designation given to loved ones of soldiers killed in combat.
Chris Ring, a Navy SEAL who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, is the first American to swim the entire Mississippi River - a 2,552-mile journey.
As we first reported in July, along the way, the Navy veterans connected with families along the Mississippi River, in order to raise national awareness about families of fallen troops and raise funds to help these military families and projects which help them.
When discussing the toughest part of his quest, Navy SEAL Chris Ring said the following.
“You know, you’ve got that daily grind just swimming down the river for however many hours a day and then you go out and hear these stories of these great heroes that really paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Ring says.
Ring says over six months and more than 2300 miles, he never considered quitting. He swam up to 20 miles per day and passed through 10 states.
“At the end of the day the difficulty and the burden I have carrying like swimming everyday is going to be over,” Ring says. “But the burden these families have is going to be with them the rest of their lives.”
Congratulations on accomplishing your mission and thank you for bringing more awareness to our Gold Star Families.
Former Navy SEAL Chris Ring set out to honor the families of fallen troops by becoming the first American to swim the entire length of the Mississippi River. He began his journey this spring at Lake Itasca in Minnesota,swimming through 10 states and more than 2,300 miles over six months. On Friday, he completed his journey, reaching the Head of Passes, Louisiana, at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. Ring joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss his incredible feat.
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