Through the support of our sponsors, the Airpower Foundation, American Airlines and Sky Ball XVI, the American Fallen Soldiers Project honored the family of Fallen Army SSG Alex Viola with the presentation of an original portrait by artist, Phil Taylor.
The American Fallen Soldiers Project presented the portrait of SSG Alex Viola, sharing his story of determination and commitment to his service and honoring his sacrifice for our freedoms. The on-going partnership with the Airpower Foundation allows the American Fallen Soldiers Project to annually support a family of a Fallen military service member in a special memorial luncheon in recognition of their service and sacrifice.
This year’s event took place on October 27th, 2018 at the DFW Westin Hotel as a part of the Sky Ball XVI events in Dallas, Texas. The portrait was presented to Alex’s parents, Frank and Peggy, along with additional family members. Carlos, who was on patrol with SSG Viola when he died, and Charlie, Alex’s cousin, served as the Portrait Escorts during the presentation.
Army SSG Alex Viola was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), from Englin Air Force Base, Florida. The 29-year-old from Keller, Texas was extremely dedicated to his service to his country, first serving as a Naval Officer before an injury during SEAL training caused him to not qualify to be a part of the Elite Force. In order to complete his lifelong mission to become a member of the United States Military Special Forces community, Alex chose to give up his Officer commission, instead enlisting in the Army and working to become a Green Beret. SSG Alex Viola died November 17, 2013 of wounds sustained when his unit was attacked with an IED while on dismounted patrol in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Visit our online Portrait Gallery to read SSG Alex Viola’s full story. Thank you in advance for helping us to continue our mission to honor and remember those that have sacrificed for our freedoms.
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