When he visits New York this weekend, Prince Harry has more to focus on than action on the polo field and fundraising for his Sentebale charity for African children. He’ll pay special attention to the sacrifices made by servicemen and women around the world, people.com reports.

With this in mind, he has helped facilitate a dream trip to the U.S. for a young British marine who lost both his legs in a blast in Afghanis-tan.

Commando Joe Townsend, 21, was horrifically injured when he stepped on an anti-tank mine in Helmand province last year. Harry, 24, was serving in the same region (though they were not together) at the time.

While they are not travelling together to Manhattan, the pair will meet up privately during the prince’s two-day stay. The veteran will join the prince on a tour of the facilities of a post-traumatic stress disorder treatment clinic at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Manhattan.

The original idea came from New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who approached royal staff and said he would pay for the trip. Harry — having heard of what he went through — nominated war hero Townsend. The New York visit will be Harry’s first official tour to the U.S.

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