Prince Harry launches the Walk Of America 2018
Six wounded veterans to walk 1,000 miles across America this summer to raise awareness of mental health
On Wednesday 11th April 2018 our latest expedition, the Walk Of America 2018, was successfully launched by Expedition Patron, Prince Harry.
During his speech, Prince Harry said: "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.
"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.
"The expedition we are launching today, Walking With The Wounded’s 2018 Walk of America, reinforces that bond."
Starting in LA on 2nd June and finishing
in New York on 6th September, the Walk Of America expedition team will walk by some of America's most iconic
cities, landmarks and communities in the US who have done so much to support
those who have served. They will walk through Texas, the heart of the US
military family, through Colorado, to Kansas City and Chicago, and then down from
Nashville to the eastern seaboard, before finally finishing on the 6th September in
New York City.
During the launch, Prince Harry met the three British team members: Kev Carr, Kemsley Whittlesea and Jonny Burns. He also met US team member Adele Loar, who flew over from the USA for the event specifically. She will be joining the walk for the duration alongside her US teammates Frankie Perez and Larry Hinkle.
The American Ambassador to the UK, Robert Wood Johnson, also attended the event and gave a speech highlighting the importance of the two nations working closer together and learning from one another on veteran support and recovery.
Ed Parker, Co-Founder and CEO of WWTW commented: “The Walk Of America takes us back to our roots again. Challenging endeavours lie at the heart of WWTW’s DNA, demonstrating the resilience and determination of those who have served, highlighting the talent that exists within the veteran community.
“In 2015, a team of US and UK veterans walked 1000 miles around Britain, directly engaging with the public, telling not only their stories but those of the wider military community, as well as drawing attention to the challenges many face. The Walk of America is the next stage of our journey. Our aims as before, are to raise and maintain awareness, engage with the communities through which we will be walking, and to raise money to support veteran projects. All the money we raise will be split equally between the US and the UK and will focus on supporting veteran mental health. We want to make this ‘The Veteran Mental Health Walk’.”
The Walk of America is just the beginning of our cooperation with our US brothers and sisters. The walk will launch the Veterans TransAtlantic Partnership, an initiative between Walking With The Wounded and American veteran charity, The Bob Woodruff Foundation, that will enable us to learn from one another, to improve how we support and care for our veteran communities, as well as raising money to fund their futures.
Find out more at www.walkofamerica.com
The next time that the UK team will be together will be at our legendary fundraising event, the Cumbrian Challenge. They'll be using the weekend as part of their training. Places are still available if you'd like to come and meet the team or walk alongside them on one of the stunning routes through the Lake District (all abilities welcome)! Click here to find out more.