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Prince Harry Is Coming to America Next Week



    Prince Harry Is Coming to America Next Week
    Britain's Prince Harry, talks to two soldiers who both lost their legs in Afghanistan in 2010 at St Paul's Cathedral, London, following a service marking the 75th anniversary of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) across the Armed Forces, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015.

    Virginia is for lovers–and royals, too.

    Prince Harry is headed to Virginia and D.C. Wednesday to attend an event in support of the Invictus Games, which are set to take place in Orlando in 2016. 

    Per Kensington Palace, the Prince will join First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden at Fort Belvoir military base, where they'll meet with wounded servicemen and women in recovery and rehabilitation programs.

    The prince, who is Patron of the Invictus Games Foundation, as well as Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden, both major supporters of our service members and veterans, will take a tour of the USO Warrior and Family Center. They will also watch a short adaptive sports event which is similar to one that will be part of the Invictus Games in the spring.

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    According to a statement from Kensington Palace, this visit will also highlight the importance of mental health and supporting programs for veterans suffering from "invisible injuries" like PTSD.

    In the same visit, Prince Harry will attend an Invictus Games board meeting and reception at the British Ambassador's home in Washington, D.C. Launched in 2014, the Invictus Games are a Paralympic-style competition for injured servicemen and women. Upon originally announcing the initiative in London, the Prince joked that the Warrior Games, a Paralympic-style competition in the U.S., was "such a good idea by the Americans that it had to be stolen."

    The inaugural Invictus Games took place in London in 2014. The Invictus Games Orlando 2016 will take place May 8-12 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.

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