How Prince Harry can keep his promise to veterans

Prince Harry has pledged to devote the rest of his life to supporting veterans with psychological injuries. A month ago, he opened the Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida for wounded personnel from 14 nations. The games featured many inspiring examples of veterans who have managed to redefine their relationship to mental and physical scars and discover a new appetite for the future. Among them was Kelly Layden-Farrer, a former Sergeant in the British Army, who was medically discharged last year due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) sustained in Iraq. As Layden-Farrer’s experience on returning home to Wiltshire showed, Prince Harry will have to pursue much bolder reforms if he wants to keep his promise. Here’s an opinion piece I wrote for Newsweek which documents Layden-Farrer’s experience and sets out what Prince Harry must do.

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