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Visit from the US Ambassador

We welcomed Woody Johnson to our office at Royal Hospital Chelsea

Walking With The Wounded was very pleased to welcome the US Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, to the London office at Royal Hospital Chelsea last week. 

Key to our success is our philosophy of collaboration. We partner with many organisations to ensure that our beneficiaries receive a full holistic service of the best quality. However, our ethos of working in collaboration does not just extend to the UK. We share Prince Harry’s vision that as allies who fight together, so should our UK and US servicemen and women recover together. 

To demonstrate our collaboration with the United States, we have created the Veterans Transatlantic Partnership. VTAP’s mission is to develop the relationship between the UK and the US even further. It will identify partners in the US, focussing on veteran mental health, education, employment and homelessness. 

Our alliance with the USA has been demonstrated by the Invictus Games as well as our expeditions. The South Pole Allied Challenge (2013) and the Walk of Britain (2015) teams included both UK and US ex-servicemen and women. 

As part of our strategy to develop The Veterans Transatlantic Partnership; and with Prince Harry as our Patron, we will be undertaking The Walk of America later this year. The expedition will take place between June and September 2018 and will see six wounded veterans (three from the US and three from the UK) walking 1,200 miles in 14 weeks from the west to east coast.

The walk will create a platform to tell the stories of our wounded and their individual journeys from injury to the present day. The walk will also provide a platform to engage in the wider conversations around mental health. Crucially however, the expedition also gives us the ability to fundraise against the poignant background of the WW1 centenary commemorations, a conflict which saw British and American soldiers fighting so valiantly side by side.