Established in 2010, Walking With The Wounded (WWTW) supports a pathway for vulnerable veterans to re-integrate back into society and sustain their independence. Prince Harry has served as patron since its inception and led the team on expeditions to the North Pole, Mount Everest, and the south Pole.
This year, WWTW is taking on the inaugural Walk of America. Walk of America is a coast-to-coast expedition which will take place between June and September and comprises a team of six wounded veterans, three from the U.S. and three from the U.K., walking 1,000 miles in 12 weeks across the country. Starting in Los Angeles on June 2nd, and finishing in New York City on September 6th, the team will pass some of America’s most iconic cities and landmarks. The endeavor aims to further strengthen ties between the two nations and to develop additional awareness around the recovery and well-being of wounded veterans.
As a military mother, Dr. Jill Biden understands the experiences of military families: supporting their service members, feeling incredible pride for their work, and also carrying the fear that comes with this sacrifice. In her role as second lady, she brought significant attention to the challenges faced by military families, in part through Joining Forces, which she created in partnership with former first lady Michelle Obama.
“I am honored to join Prince Harry in supporting our wounded veterans and their families around the world. The men and women who serve in our military—along with their families—are some of the strongest, most generous and most courageous people in our nation, and we are proud to help Walking With The Wounded raise awareness of their service, sacrifice and resilience,” Biden said. “As a patron of the Walk Of America, I hope to show that the U.S. stands firmly with our closest allies in the U.K. armed forces and that the brotherhood and sisterhood of service transcends borders.”
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