Prince Harry Brightens the Day of Wounded American Soldiers

Prince Harry Visits Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Prince Harry, with Staff Sgt. Timothy Payne
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05/10/2013 AT 02:30 PM EDT

Continuing his active Friday in Washington, D.C., that first took him to Arlington National Cemetery, where he paid respects to the fallen, Prince Harry switched into his khakis to visit wounded soldiers and recovering servicemen at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Impressed by the technology at the facility – "We've got nothing like this back in the U.K.," he said – the prince watched as a 24-year-old army specialist, Alabama-born Corey Garmon, who lost both legs in Afghanistan, walk on a virtual simulator.

"You must have been on this thing for hours," Harry, 28, told Corey, who responded, "It's a good workout."

"How many times have you been on this?" Harry then asked, only to be surprised when the soldier revealed it was his very first day.

The men also were able to share private words, with Harry advising Corey on the important role that the right mental attitude can play in rehabilitation.

Said Corey afterward, "Harry was really cool and showed a lot of interest in what I was doing, and he really understood the process. I appreciated his words of encouragement."

Reporting by SIMON PERRY

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