Prince Harry speaks at the Mandarin Orienta in London, where he became a patron of 'Walk Of America' as he launches the latest expedition from the armed forces charity Walking With The Wounded.

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British Prince launches veteran expedition in America

April 11, 2018 - 1:28 pm

 A team of wounded veterans will set out on an American expedition this summer and their patron will be Britian's Prince Harry.

The two-time Afghanistan combat veteran announced today in London the launch of Walk of America, led by the Walking with the Wounded charity, where six veterans from the United States and the United Kingdom will set out on a cross-country trek across America, walking 1,000 miles over 14 weeks.

"Our nations, and in particular our Armed Forces, share a special bond. We have learned a great deal from each other about caring for our veterans, but together and separately we continue to face challenges," Prince Harry said in his speech. 

"I have always felt that the experiences we share in conflict provide a stronger support system in recovery – this is especially true of our trans-Atlantic partnership. There is much more that we can learn from one another and in doing so, we hope to improve support now and into the future," he said.

Three years ago, Prince Harry also launched the charity's Walk on Britian expedition. Previous veteran expeditions included the North Pole and Everest. In 2013, the Prince went with a team to Antarctica, walking 200 miles in three weeks.

“The Walk of America will create a platform to tell the stories of wounded veterans and their individual journeys from injury to the present day, as well as encourage a wider conversation around veteran mental health,” according to a press release by Walking with the Wounded.

The veterans’ journey will start June 2 in Los Angeles and will end in New York Sept. 6. They will be raising funds for veterans in both countries.

Walking with the Wounded was founded in 2010 and its mission is to support veteran reintegration and to regain independence through employment.