The Walk Of America is complete, but it doesn't end here...
The walk was just the beginning!
On September 6, the Walk Of America came to a spectacular end. Accompanied by their US Expedition Patron, Dr. Jill Biden, and her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, the team walked their 1000th mile through Manhattan. Their final mile took them via the iconic 9/11 Memorial Museum to the Queen Elizabeth II Garden in Hanover Square, where they stood before the magnolia tree that our UK Expedition Patron, Prince Harry, planted in 2009.
The team were cheered into the garden by crowds of supporters, many of whom had made special trips to New York to watch them cross the finish line. With the stirring music of the Port Authority Police Department Pipes & Drums in the background, it was a very fitting way to mark the end of such a remarkable journey.
Veterans Adele, Larry, Kev, Kemz, Frankie and Jonny have all faced immeasurable challenges in their lives, but this year they stepped forward together to make a difference. Since June 2, they have been sharing their own personal stories of ongoing recovery to show other veterans that it is okay to speak out and seek the support they need and deserve.
The footprints we have made on American soil will certainly not be our last. Through the Veterans Trans-Atlantic Partnership, Walking With The Wounded will partner with other veterans' organisations in the US in order to share our learning about military mental health and post-service support. Click here to find out more.
There is so much we can learn from one another about how we can provide the best care for our wounded. Not just those with mental or physical injuries, but also those who struggle to adjust after leaving the military, for some finding themselves homeless or unemployed.
With your continued support, we can make a difference to the lives of those who have so gallantly served on our behalf, both in the United States and United Kingdom. Wherever you are in the world, click here to find out how you can support our wounded.
Finally, from all of us at Walking With The Wounded, THANK YOU for following the expedition, meeting the team, supporting their mission and donating to the cause. We are very excited to see what the future holds...