Prince Harry has some familiar faces alongside him as he starts work on helping rebuild an earthquake-hit school in Nepal.
Harry, who made the surprise announcement that he was staying on in Nepal to assist in the relief effort after his tour of the country, is joining a group of British veterans who are volunteering as part of another challenge in their ongoing recovery from injuries sustained in combat.
Among them are Matt Fisher, who was part of the 1,000-mile trek around the U.K. last fall for Walking with the Wounded, and David Wiseman, who was with the same charity’s expedition to Everest in 2012.
Former infantry officer Wiseman received a gunshot to the chest in Afghanistan in November 2009. Fisher was shot in the leg while on patrol in Afghanistan in 2009, and had to have his left leg amputated a year later.
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The veterans are working with Team Rubicon, which was formed in response to the Nepal earthquake almost a year ago.
Harry supports initiatives like these because he believes they help veterans to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life beyond injury.
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Team Rubicon UK was set up after General Sir Nick Parker, former Commander in Chief of the UK Land Forces, called for veterans to volunteer their time and skills to provide aid in the immediate aftermath of the natural disaster in Nepal last April.
A team of volunteers joined Team Rubicon USA counterparts to provide medical aid, search and rescue support, and translation assistance in several remote regions of Nepal.
Fisher was also part of the charity’s help in the clean-up operation following devastating floods in Cumbria, northern England, this winter. In February, Harry visited the effort in the north west of England following the harsh winter storms.
“We’re very proud of Matt and the good work that the whole of Team Rubicon are doing. It’s a fantastic initiative,” a WWTW spokeswoman tells PEOPLE.
When Fisher returns from Nepal, he is also set for another challenge. He and his wife, Maria, are running a half-marathon in Reading, raising more money for the charity that helps vulnerable and wounded veterans get back into employment.
Meanwhile, Kensington Palace has announced that Harry will be alongside other veterans and serving armed forces members when he joins the unveiling of the British team taking part in the paralympic-style Invictus Games in Orlando, Florida, in May. The 110-strong team of wounded, sick and injured personnel and veterans will have a special photocall at Buckingham Palace on April 6.