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Navy veteran completes swim down Mississippi River; stopped in Cape Girardeau

Chris Ring is on a mission to raise awareness for "Gold Star Families." Chris Ring is on a mission to raise awareness for "Gold Star Families."
The 10-year Navy veteran says the sacrifices he's making during the swim are secondary to the "Gold Star Families." The 10-year Navy veteran says the sacrifices he's making during the swim are secondary to the "Gold Star Families."
Chris Ring has been swimming the Mississippi for more than 115 days. Chris Ring has been swimming the Mississippi for more than 115 days.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A Navy combat veteran has finally finished swimming the length of the Mississippi River.

Chris Ring was on a mission to raise awareness for "Gold Star Families." Those are families that have lost a member in the Iraq War.

The 10-year Navy veteran says the sacrifices he's making during the swim are secondary to the "Gold Star Families."

"To swim this river is just an avenue, just a mechanism to really spread awareness, our cause," Ring said. "You know, it was just one little piece of what we're doing and you know, these families paid the ultimate sacrifice so other families don't have to and that's, I need no other drive then, hear the stories and understand that the sacrifice has been paid to keep me going every day."

Ring has been swimming the Mississippi for more than 115 days, and made a stop in Cape Girardeau September 29.. 

He hoped to finish in time to attend the Army-Navy football game on December 12.

Follow Ring's journey or find out how to donate to the cause by clicking here

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