TODAY   |  May 11, 2013

Prince Harry lends support for injured US vets

Britain’s Prince Harry is in Colorado Saturday to support the Warrior Games, an annual Olympic-style competition for wounded, ill or injured war vets. NBC’s Mike Taibbi reports.

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>>> britain's prince harry is in colorado this morning, part of his high profile tour across america. today his mission is to bring attention to our nation's wounded military veterans . taking part in a competition today called the warrior games. nbc's mike taibbi is in colorado springs to tell us more about it. mike, good morning. good to see you.

>> reporter: good morning, lester. how are you? it's a little chilly out here but is going to heat up over the next six days. some 260 ill and injured and wounded veterans from all five u.s. service branches and from the uk will be competing in paralympic style sports, seven of those sports, over the next six days. prince harry has been a supporter of wounded warrior efforts and programs over the years and he is popular here. he was greeted warmly last night not just because he is a prince, one of the most famous people on the planet of course and britain 's most eligible bachelor and a constant news story in great britain but because he is legitimately a soldier. he served two tours in afghanistan in a fully operational apache attack helicopter as a pilot and in one of the hot zones of afghanistan and he finished that tour in january and then came back and made it a point to stop at arlington national cemetery for the tomb of the unknown soldier and at walter reid medical hospital as well to visit some of the wounded veterans there. he knows first hand how important these games can be in reacquainting one's self with physical activity and competitive physical activity as a way of testing your resilience and measuring your recovery. so prince harry will be here for the next two days as an interested spectator, of course, and as a cheerleader for the 260 athletes who will be competing. back to you, lester.

>> i know his support will be appreciated there. mike taibbi this morning, thank you.