Alejandro Villanueva Creates New T-shirt to Support Military charities

Legacies Alive is proud to announce our partnership with one of the NFL’s fastest rising stars! No doubt you have heard the inspiring story of Alejandro Villanueva (“Big Al”) who graduated from West Point and played 4 years of football with the Army’s Black Knights. As a Captain in the U.S. Army Rangers, “Big Al” would serve 3 tours of duty in Afghanistan and awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V device; “Big Al” is a real life American Hero. He joins a small but elite group of Military veterans to play professional football in the NFL.

“Big Al” has teamed up with shirt producer, Fanatics Only, LLC to create a shirt for fans that reflect his
patriotism and his service to this great country. Al’s input was instrumental in the design and concept of the finished product. His reasoning for the project was to raise awareness and dollars for charities that are near and dear to his heart. 100% of Alejandro’s proceeds are being donated to Legacies Alive and the U.S. Army Lead The Way Foundation. is the official website for “Big Al’s Army” T-shirts or you can order them via this website. Fans can pick their shirts up at local participating Walmart stores starting Wednesday evening.

Join Big Al’s Army and Legacies Alive in supporting Gold Star Families by purchasing a shirt today!

Legacies Alive Challenge Featured on CBS News Veteran’s Day Special

Legacies Alive featured on CBS News for Veterans Day

On November 11, former Navy Seal Chris Ring was featured on CBS News’ Veteran’s Day Special. Chris Ring is currently swimming 2,350 down the Mississippi River and is meeting Gold Star Families along the way, as his Legacies Alive challenge. As of Tuesday, November 10th, Chris hit his 2,000 mile mark.

Chris spends six to eight hours a day, six days a week, swimming down the Mississippi River. At his journey’s end, he will go down as the first American to swim the entire Mississippi, but he says it’s those families and the memory of their loved ones that made it happen.

“I couldn’t imagine anything better than to really raise awareness and honor these fallen heroes,” [Ring] said.

Ring, who started his 157-day long journey in June, said he was inspired to make the swim for Legacies Alive by a cross-country hike last year by army veteran Mike Viti.  Mike Viti began his 6 month journey in DuPont, WA. Hiking an average of 25 miles a day, Mike walked around the perimeter of the United States of America covering over 7,100 kilometers, or 4,400 miles honoring the 6,843 service members who were killed in the Global War on Terrorism and ending on December 13th, 2014 at the Army-Navy game in Baltimore, MD.

As for Ring, he has met nearly 200 Gold Star Families since his journey began, and hopes to meet many more before his challenge ends in early December.

“If I’m having a terrible day on the river, it’s going to be over in however many hours, but these families have to live with their pain and suffering and their burdens for the rest of their lives,” said Ring. ” I feel more than privileged to be able to do it. It is truly an honor to do it.”

Read more on CBS News.