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Following the news that the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan as the United States withdraws troops from the region, Prince Harry has issued a joint statement alongside Dominic Reid, the CEO of the Invictus Games, and Lord Allen of Kensington CBE, the chair of the Invictus Games Foundation, encouraging military veterans to 'reach out to each other and offer support for one another'.
'What's happening in Afghanistan resonates across the international Invictus community. Many of the participating nations and competitors in the Invictus Games family are bound by a shared experience of serving in Afghanistan over the past two decades, and for several years, we have competed alongside Invictus Games Team Afghanistan,' reads the statement, which was shared on Twitter.
'We encourage everybody across the Invictus network — and the wider military community — to reach out to each other and offer support for one another.'
— Invictus Games Foundation 💛🖤 (@WeAreInvictus) August 16, 2021
During his time in the British Army, Prince Harry served two tours in Afghanistan. Per the royal family's website, he served in the army for a total of ten years, and rose to the rank of Captain. Causes related to veterans and military families remain central to Prince Harry's work.
Perhaps most significant is his dedication to the Invictus Games, an international sporting event for wounded, injured, and sick servicemen and women, which Harry helped found in 2014. Per the Games' website, 'The Games harness the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their country.'
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